Sandvik approached Meridian Safety to provide a solution for their height safety requirements. The application was for a vehicle service bay that is used for the preparation of new mining vehicles and equipment, as well as the servicing of existing equipment.
The workers require access on top of the vehicles and given the often varied and complicated shapes of some vehicles, the T-Line Safety System provided the greatest flexibility to provide an effective safety solution no matter what size or shape of vehicle needed to be worked upon. The T-line was able to facilitate this level of access without the possibility of a swing or pendulum fall.
Another important consideration to be given during the selection of a suitable height safety solution for Sandvik’s needs was the fact that the workers were often required to work on parts of the vehicles that are only 1m (3’) to 1.5m (5’) above the ground. Despite the seemingly close proximity to the ground, there still existed considerable risk of injury should a user fall from one of these locations. As such, it was important for Sandvik to find a fall protection system that was able to arrest a fall within such a short distance, even though the system was required to span approximately 11m (36’) along the length of the service bay. Traditional systems that span this distance were not able to provide such short arrest distances.
After considering the technical benefits of the T-Line Safety System, it also became apparent that the T-Line offered a more cost effective solution than that available from typical fall arrest solutions. One of the key contributory factors to this was the fact that the roof structure that the system needed to connect to was not level. Other fall arrest systems would have required considerable modification to the roof structure. This would have also resulted in a loss of headroom in the facility. Instead, the T-Line was installed with each end at different heights above the ground. The T-Line is able to cater for such a scenario without any loss of functionality or compromise to safety.