Loose clothing are clothes that are worn free or released from confinement or restraint. They are often not close, compact, or tight in structure or arrangement.
Loose Clothing are menace in terminals. Aside the danger inherent, they are uncomfortable to wear and reduces work efficiency.
When working in Truck Loading Terminals, or any type of facility with moving vehicles, it is important to make safety a priority. While some dangers are salient, others are often overlooked but can result in significant injuries.
Truck Loading at terminals demand high safety procedures. At Terminal Truck Inspection points, truck inspectors are expected to, aside physical check of the trucks, ascertain that the safety checklist are ticked accordingly; truck gangways are very much free from debris and of course, slippery substances.
Doing staff induction, it is important to make sure everyone understands that any loose clothes whether an un-tucked shirt, a tie, an unbuttoned jacket, baggy pants or even shoelaces on their person can cause injury. They can get caught between loading arm maneuvering, Island gangway drop down or lifting up or even during truck positioning during operation. Loose clothing can lead to sudden trip/fall, which could be deadly in Terminals especially during truck inspection and even loading.
For people with long hair or beards, the risk is also quite significant. Most people don’t give their hair a second thought, but if it gets caught by a loading equipment can cause serious injury or even death in just seconds. Keeping hair tied up securely and snugly on the head is essential for workplace safety.
Identifying the types of risks that are present during each Terminal loading operations will help everyone to take any steps necessary, with keeping all safe from hazards associated with loose or bulky clothing.
Another problem many people have when it comes to avoiding the dangers of loose clothing is that they only consider it when working next to particularly dangerous equipment. The fact is, however, that just about any type of moving equipment can be a hazard. Something as simple as a hand-held drill, for example, can catch someone’s sleeve and cause injury. These smaller pieces of equipment might not be fatal, but they can cause injuries and damage clothing very easily.
In addition, loose clothing is at a greater risk of catching on fire while working near hot equipment or someone who works with a machine that reaches high temperatures, loose clothing can quickly catch on fire.
Measures against Loose clothing:
Use of safety signs that alert people to the dangers of loose clothing.
At terminal, a sign that reminds Gantry Attendants and Drivers to check their clothing prior to climbing the Loading Islands. This is a simple and affordable way to help ensure everyone has a reminder of this important safety tip before getting close to the Terminals.
Another great solution to the problem of loose clothing at work is having a set dress code for everyone working in Terminal. Terminals should provide employees with the clothing they need to wear at work especially their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This is a nice benefit to the employees, and also helps keep everyone safer while at work. Providing uniforms to employees provides an added level of control for the company, which means there are fewer risks associated with working in the terminal.
- Workers should not wear loose-fitting clothing, Untucked shirts, unzipped jackets and other flapping items, chains or other loose jewelry around equipment that poses an entanglement hazard. Long hair should be tied back to keep it safely out of danger.
- Abide by the terminal Truck operation safety guidance.
- Workers who work with or around machinery should know where to find and how to operate emergency shutoffs. When a worker becomes entangled, a quick response may save a life.
- Keep clothing tucked and tight! If not, workers could be pulled into a machine. Baggy pants, neck ties and untied shoe laces are just a few examples of loose clothing hazards in the workplace.
- Loose clothing may also catch fire, or cause a person to slip and fall.
So how are you dressed for work today? Take a look and check your sleeves and shirt tail. It could make a difference in your life.
BY:HENRY C ONUIGBO