TB Davies was commissioned through its agent by BAA to provide a compliant working at height solution that would allow inspectors to safely access lorries before passage could be granted through to Heathrow airports main site. A fully laden lorry enters the site every few minutes with every one requiring examination by the team of officers.
The previous method of work involved staff climbing onto the vehicle without any protection and a risk assessment revealed that a significant danger of a fall from the vehicle existed to the inspectors.
The site visit revealed that a highly modified version of our Machine Steps would be the most suitable solution. The step featured a large anti-slip platform with deep serrated treads to help reduce slip even in wet conditions. Large rear wheels would allow for the unit to be safely transported across the truck yard to the vehicle. In accordance with aviation regulations the high guardrails to the side and rear of the platform were colour coded to denote both port and starboard.
The inspectors felt the step would help provide safe access for the majority of vehicle types they encounter.