When transporting bulk commodities by rail, you need a safe, efficient way to load and unload rail cars. Hopper cars and tank cars both present serious rail safety challenges.
While fall prevention is a major safety concern, efficiency is always a factor. With the wide variation in rail car types and hatch configurations, your loading and unloading equipment must be designed to accommodate your facility and processes.
A comprehensive rail safety solution that’s tailored to your needs is the best way to meet these safety and efficiency challenges.
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Our Solutions-Based Approach To Rail Sites
Since each rail loading facility has different needs and potential hazards, it’s essential to work closely with a trusted vendor. At Carbis Solutions, we create comprehensive rail safety solutions, drawing upon more than 40 years of experience in fall prevention designs applicable to rolling stock.
Hopper cars are used to transport dry bulk commodities, such as flour, sand, plastic pellets, sugar and grains. The hatches on top come in a variety of configurations, making it difficult to protect operators and creating spotting challenges. In addition, chutes and other loading equipment may create obstacles for safe access.
A tank car is designed to haul products in a liquid state. The variation in crashbox/operator platform railing configurations creates access and safety problems, as do offset crashboxes/operator platforms.
Additional Rail Safety Factors
In designing your rail safety solution, we also assess:
The operator’s tasks and environment while working with rail cars
The properties of your product and any safety hazards it may present
Your specific access needs during loading and unloading
How curved tracks may affect centerlines for the rail car
Your internal safety standards as well as applicable industry standards and best practices
How your site layout impacts the safety equipment you use
Power limitations for electric, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment
After assessing your company’s needs, we work with you to design a solution for your facility to help improve safety and increase throughput when loading and unloading rail cars.
Rail Car Safety Equipment
Here are a few examples of equipment we may suggest as part of your larger safety solution:
Providing your rail car operators with the safest possible work environment helps to minimize downtime due to accidents, as well as costly safety citations. Our rail enclosures and safety cages are available with a variety of handrail systems to accommodate many different crashbox/operator platform configurations.
Rail Loading Racks
Our rail loading/unloading racks provide safer, easier access to a variety of rail cars and meet fall protection guidelines established by OSHA. Our platforms and racks may be designed to your terminal specifications or retrofitted into existing systems and sites to lower construction costs.
Access gangways are essential for rail car fall prevention, and our customized wide gangways offer even greater safety and efficiency for employees. Designed to your unique specifications, these gangways improve access to any vehicle and help reduce spotting issues.
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