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NicoleJ15  
#1 Posted : 13 May 2019 12:23:38(UTC)
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NicoleJ15

Is there anything within the distribution industry that can be fitted to side pallet doors of HGV trailers to protect drivers from falling out when moving pallets around? These must be retractable and limited intrusion into the trailer space. 

I have looked on the internet but to no avail. Dock protection barriers are the closest thing that may resemble a guard. 

Many thanks in advance 

Roundtuit  
#2 Posted : 13 May 2019 12:44:10(UTC)
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Roundtuit

HGV side pallet doors - I can visualise rigid and curtain sided trailers but ones with doors down the side?

Or are these flat bed trailers with drop sides?

https://www.shawtrack.com/edge-protection/

http://www.trailersafetysystems.co.uk/trailer-safety.php

https://www.spanset.com/au_en/products/VehicleFallProtectio

By retractable I take it you intend to subsequently off-load from the side - in which case how would the driver gain access to achieve this? 

NicoleJ15  
#3 Posted : 13 May 2019 13:07:30(UTC)
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NicoleJ15

Hi

Thank you for your reply. The side door is the chilled compartment of a trailer. It holds around 4 pallets and is accessed by the drivers via external tuck away ladders, however once reaching their destination point the first two pallets can be removed by a counterbalance truck, the second back two must be moved manually to the edge. It is at that pointy that there is a risk of persons falling from the trailer. 

We have in mind a retractable barrier that can be erected when the driver is inside and taken down once his movements are complete ready for the counterbalance to offload the pallets. 

I hope that makes sense

Roundtuit  
#4 Posted : 13 May 2019 13:26:32(UTC)
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Roundtuit

Much clearer - do have to ask why the trailer design lacks access from both sides which would essentially eliminate the need for personnel to work on the trailer bed

Sent a PM with a suggestion

NicoleJ15  
#5 Posted : 13 May 2019 13:40:47(UTC)
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NicoleJ15

'Rounditup' Thank you for everything you have suggested. It has been most useful and provided me with food for thought. Thank you again. 

AcornsConsult  
#6 Posted : 13 May 2019 14:48:43(UTC)
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AcornsConsult

Assuming you have some rigid structure, would you consider the inertia/static reel type webbing used on the likes of the flat bed construction deliveries. They can be retracted for off loading but readily put in place for the time there is someone on the load bed as well as being relatively discreet in size.
chris42  
#7 Posted : 13 May 2019 15:13:40(UTC)
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chris42

If you are ok with the concept of modifications could the rear pallets be loaded onto a low-level rolling platform, which can be winched from side to side and locked into position. That way if you offload two pallets at one location, they will not fly about on route to second destination. That way no person at height (elimination). NB by winch I sort of mean threaded bar that rotates to draw a platform over from side to side (with winding handle or electric motor).

Just a thought

Chris

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