Preventing falls during off-loading of vehicles
A multi-storey car park was constructed on the Olympic Park. The structure involved the delivery, unloading and placing of hundreds of items of steelwork and precast concrete floor slabs by tower crane.
Vehicle movements around the structure and falls from vehicles were identified as significant risks since hundreds of vehicle movements would be taking place with materials and plant needing to be off-loaded (photo 1).
The team designing and constructing the car park considered the arrangements for managing vehicle movements and preventing falls from lorries during off-loading.
A traffic-management plan was prepared and implemented with well-defined and signed routes to keep vehicles and pedestrians apart.
A mobile platform was installed and fitted with moveable overhead beams to which fall arrest systems were fitted. This system allowed those slinging loads to work safely at height (photo 2).
Photo 1: Vehicle movement around the construction site
Photo 2: Fall arrest systems allow safe working at height