Operating from seventeen terminals and using the UK’s rail and road network Britain’s biggest intermodal freight operator, transports over one million standard containers a year and operates over one hundred trains and one hundred and eighty vehicles daily. Freightliner Heavy Haul division also operates over 60 trains daily for the provision of rail solutions to the non-containerised cargo market, such as cement, coal, cars and waste, as well as undertaking rail infrastructure work for Network Rail.
TB Davies where approached to provide safe working access for the inspection of containerised chemical storage tanks. The unit had to be easy to manoeuvre, extremely robust and impervious to the elements, but above all the operator’s safety was paramount.
Designed from the ground up, TB Davies’s engineers developed a heavy-duty mobile staircase in galvanised steel that was capable of holding several operatives at any one time. The unit was linked at the platform level to a tower unit to provide a bridge from where the operatives could safely reach the inspection apparatus.
The structure was set on large polypropylene castors for manoeuvrability which where fitted with fail-safe brakes for added security. The bridge came complete with a double guardrail to safeguard and toe boards to prevent any tools being knocked off and injuring any passers by.