Using shipping containers to boost height safety

Thursday, 18 April, 2024 | Supplied by: Western Container Services

Using shipping containers to boost height safety

A Sydney depot has found a simple but effective use for its shipping containers, enhancing height safety for workers in the process.

In 2022, the Western Container Services depot expanded its electrical infrastructure, investing in a new 1400-amp electrical substation, which significantly increased its capacity for powered refrigerated shipping container storage.

However, the existing solutions for accessing and monitoring these containers, such as ladders, cherry pickers or forklift personnel baskets, were deemed inefficient and potentially hazardous.

“Working at heights has long been a leading cause of workplace fatalities, with falls from ladders contributing significantly to these grim statistics,” said Rick Johnson, Managing Director of Western Containers.

“Our team sought to find a solution that would address both safety concerns and the efficiency of monitoring the containers.”

The company therefore modified 40-foot shipping containers to create multi-level monitoring gantries. These adapted containers feature reinforced side panels with easy-access windows, power points along both sides and a dedicated power board at one end. Each level is also equipped with safety stairs, chains and railings to prevent falls, ensuring a safer working environment for the team.

“Our goal was to provide our team with a safer way to work while also improving the efficiency of our monitoring process,” Johnson said.

“As a second-generation Aussie family owned and operated container depot, we are committed to delivering dedicated and professional services to our customers.”

Paul Zalai, Director of Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), visited Western Container Services to witness the container depot operations firsthand. Impressed by their commitment to safety and efficiency, Zalai is looking forward to potential collaborations in the future.

Image: Supplied.

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