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Safety in the design, construction and use of bulk tipping containers

This report provides information on the loading, transport and unloading of bulk materials in tipping containers. It has been prepared by a consultant appointed by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) at the request of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Individual employers, trade associations and professional bodies have been consulted in the preparation of this report both in Great Britain and in parts of Europe. European employers have been consulted because of the international nature of many of the loading, transport and unloading operations with bulk tipping containers.

The report identifies a number of areas where positive management of the hazards associated with bulk tipping container, design, transport and use are required. Information is presented in a series of Annexes to assist those involved with these operations to review their arrangements.

A second study by the Health and Safety Laboratory which models the forces at work in the use of bulk tipping containers and their carrying vehicles appears as Annex 2 to this report. This report explores a number of design features and highlights some design issues for consideration by component and equipment designers.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-08-05