Enhanced Safety System And Throughput For Rail Car Maintenance Company
While workplace injury and fatality rates have steadily decreased in recent years, the statistics are still alarming. In Texas, 508 workplace injuries resulted in death in 2013. Workplace fatalities totaled 104 across the country for vehicle maintenance workers that same year.
One company in Channelview, Texas sought to enhance worker safety when the opportunity arose to build a new rail car cleaning facility that would meet rising customer demand. Learn how fall prevention equipment enhanced safety at the company’s new site.
The Problem: A Company’s New Facility Needed An Effective Safety System
The company’s large-scale project to create a new rail car cleaning facility involved the relocation of utilities, clearing of land, construction of a new building, process piping and safe access to equipment for its workforce.
In particular, the company needed a safety system that included adequate fall prevention equipment such as safe-access rail car gangways.
The Solution: Fall Prevention Equipment That Enhanced Worker Safety
While the company could have relied on internal resources to design a safety system for its new site, it chose to partner with Carbis Solutions, a provider it had worked with in the past. Carbis Solutions was chosen for its competitive prices, open communication and ability to design a custom system.
The company installed a dual-sided platform system with safe-access locations for each rail car spotting on the spur, or secondary track, within the new cleaning facility.
The safety system included safer rail car gangways at each working location and safety cages for all operators and technicians. Additionally, an overhead monorail system was installed for fall protection as employees worked on the rolling stock.
The Results: A Safer Work Site And The Ability To Meet Customer Demand
By partnering with Carbis Solutions, the rolling stock company received a custom-engineered solution that was competitive in price and equipment lead time.
The company is now able to offer safe working conditions for its employees, including optimal fall protection, while also enhancing throughput and service for its growing customer base.