Unit trains, especially common in the crude oil market, consist of tank cars carrying the same commodity from the origin to a single destination. Tank car design and your loading and unloading processes have a significant impact on rail safety and efficiency.
While the hatch openings on tank cars have built-in railings, they do not reach OSHA’s recommended handrail height for fall prevention. Even with an additional safety cage, an employee could fall by sliding beneath the crashbox/operator platform railing.
To address these safety and efficiency challenges, you need a comprehensive rail safety solution tailored to accommodate your unit trains, processes and facility needs.
We have provided thousands of solutions over the past 80 years. Let us design a solution that exactly meets your needs.
Our Solutions-Based Approach To Unit Train Sites
Since each unit train 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, applying more than 40 years of experience in fall prevention designs applicable to rolling stock.
The factors we assess include:
Crashbox/operator platform railing configurations
Loading processes for coupled and uncoupled cars
Variations in rail car dome size and shape
The operator’s tasks and environment while working with unit trains
The properties of your product and any safety hazards it may present
Your 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 custom solution for your unit train facility to help improve safety and increase throughput.
Unit Train Safety Equipment
Here are a few examples of equipment we may suggest as part of your larger safety solution:
Carbis Solutions designs, engineers and fabricates integrated unit train terminals for maximum product throughput and rail car fall prevention. Depending on your needs, a terminal may incorporate elevating cages, gangways and loading arms, scales, grounding systems and spill containment.
Multiple Hatch Loading Platforms
Our rail loading platforms provide safe, easy access to unit trains, 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.
Providing your rail car operators with the safest possible work environment helps 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 your unit trains’ crashbox/operator platform configurations.
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