Inspectionpitsareessentialforsafetyatwork,ensuringthatinspectionandmaintenancejobs below ground level canbecarriedoutwithminimalriskofpersonalinjurytopersonnel.However,toensureasafeworkingenvironment,adequateinspectionpitprotectionmustbeimplemented across multi Industries and sectors, including the Rail Industry featured in this blog.
Whenitcomestoinspectionpitprotection,flooringisanincrediblyimportantconsideration.The UK Health and Safety at Work Act 1974(HSWAct)statesthat“allplacesofworkshallbekeptinaconditionwhichissafeandwithoutrisktothehealthofemployees”.Thisincludestheflooringaroundanyinspectionpits.
Several industry standards should be taken into account when selecting flooring for an inspection pit:
• British Standard 6693: Flooring and stairs in industrial premises - Code of practice
• British Standard 7188: Slip resistance of industrial-type flooring intended for use in areas where contamination by water or other liquids can occur.
Guardrails should be fitted around the perimeter of the inspection pit and should be strong enough to support a person's weight should they slip or fall. The guard rails should also be non-conductive to prevent electric shocks from any nearby machinery or equipment. Additionally, they should have anti-trip features built-in to reduce potential hazards.
Ladders are essential for providing safe access into and out of the inspection pit, as well as allowing personnel to move around the inside with ease. The ladders must meet industry standards and have adequate handrails installed for security and stability when climbing in and out of the pit.
Good lighting is vital for ensuring visibility when carrying out inspections or repairs inside the pit. All lights should have proper shielding in place to avoid glare which can lead to accidents due to lack of clarity. The lighting may also need to be waterproof if there is any chance of water entering the inspection pit due to spillages or other circumstances.
Ventilation systems are also critical for providing a healthy working environment within an inspection pit as they help remove hazardous fumes such as fuel exhausts from vehicles being inspected inside. An appropriate ventilation system should be fitted with filtration devices so that these gases do not escape into surrounding areas where personnel may become exposed to them without warning.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, hearing protection, hard hats and gloves must be worn by all personnel working in an inspection pit at all times to reduce risks related to slips, falls or electric shocks from nearby machinery or wiring.
Inspection Pit Covers, such as The Pit Protect Ontrack, are also available. These covers provide additional protection from slips, trips and falls by covering the inspection pit when it is not used. They can also be used to contain any debris or spills that may occur during repairs or inspections.
InspectionPitProtection - Pit protect Ontrack
Designedtoimproveworkersafety in a rail maintenance environment,Pit Protect Ontrack featured on our Rail Industry page, isahighlyadjustablesafetysystemcreatedtoensurethatfallsdonotoccur.Itislightweightandeasilydeployedwhilealsobeingrobustenoughtohandledemandingworkenvironments.
When a train is not positioned over the inspection pit, it exposes a potential hazard in the form of an open area where there is a risk of falling from a height. To mitigate this danger, the PitProtect Ontrack system is employed, featuring a versatile concertina design that enables access to the underside of the train for inspection and repair purposes.
Constructed as a lightweight cover for inspection pits, the PitProtect Ontrack has been meticulously engineered to offer robustness, adaptability, and swift deployment while ensuring safety. This innovative inspection pit cover serves the dual purpose of safeguarding against falls while granting access to the lower part of the train.
The system is meticulously crafted from aluminium, boasting complete adjustability in terms of both length and width. Each bar within the system can be individually configured to accommodate pits of varying widths, guaranteeing a precise fit on every occasion.
The PitProtect Ontrack utilises the standard Pit Protect in conjunction with the Ontrack frame, both of which are provided in convenient 2-meter sections. These components are designed to be placed on the rails, allowing the train wheels to pass through unobstructed.
Install guard rails, pit covers, warning signage, non-slip flooring, ventilation systems and lighting fixtures to prevent falls and reduce risks whenever possible.
Make sure that the flooring meets industry standards for slip resistance, material strength and anti-fatigue qualities as set out in British Standard 6693: Flooring and stairs in industrial premises - Code of practice
The importance of safety when working in an inspection pit should not be underestimated.
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