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Driveaway prevention range is revamped

13 June 2008

Industrial safety specialist Castell has revamped its Salvo range of driveaway-prevention products with third-party installers and distributors in mind. The most significant new product to be introduced is a plug-and-play control panel. The PCB-based, software-programmable device is multi-voltage and able to power external traffic lights and beacons, greatly simplifying and speeding up the installation process.

Other additions to the range include Salvo Club – which secures rigid vehicles by locking the steering wheel in place – and Salvo Bollard, a modular barrier system compatible with many kinds of access lock. The latter can be interlocked with a component other than the door, allowing warehouse doors to be safely left open during the hot summer months. It is also suitable for loading bays that do not have doors.

A comprehensive user guide is also now available, providing all the information required for sales, distribution, installation and maintenance. Thanks to a manufacturing shift to product end-coding, lead times have been reduced from six weeks to just one.

According to the Fork Lift Truck Association – of which Castell is a member - over 400 serious injuries result from fork lift-related accidents every year, including around eight fatalities. It is estimated that 10% of these incidents occur during loading operations, often when articulated lorries prematurely leave their designated loading bay, creating a gap into which the fork lift then falls. Such an accident is known as a ‘driveaway’, and it was to eradicate precisely this kind of event that Castell developed its interlocking Salvo range four years ago. The recent HSE booklet ‘Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety’ recommends interlocks as a safe system of work to combat driveaways.

In essence, Salvo consists of a mechanical key-holding cylindrical lock, which attaches to the articulated trailer, and an electro-mechanical lock inside the warehouse, fitted to the loading bay door. Salvo links the trailer to the bay door during the loading of goods and forces drivers to immobilise the trailer prior to the door being opened. If the trailer is not locked in place, loading cannot begin.

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