INRELATION 05-2014 - page 7

03 2014
Hazardous situations
While work on plants is in progress, there are
often people working at different levels one
above the other. In these types of situation,
there is a risk of material or tools dropping
while work is underway or while being
with an obvious impact on the people
working below. Until now, no suitable means
has been available to get small items and
tools safely up to higher scaffold levels or
platforms. Michiel Westerhof is HSEQ advisor
at Hertel Drachten. “Our people carry material
in one hand when they climb up stairs, and
sometimes buckets on a rope are used. A
bucket can tip over, of course, which can
create hazardous situations.”
Minimising risk
That is why Hertel thought up the idea of a
hoisting bag and why they have now gone
into production at CASOS. With this sturdy
bag, materials and tools weighing up to
twenty kilos can be raised and lowered
safely. The bags cannot be hooked to a crane;
they are meant only to hoist up materials
manually with a rope.
"We want to use these bags to minimise the
risk of falling objects. They are handy when
working on scaffolds, but for insulation
projects as well. For safety reasons, I strongly
recommend the use of these bags," said
Michiel Westerhof.
CASOS recently distributed the first produc-
tion run of these bags among its members.
The second run is being manufactured.
Michiel Westerhof, HSEQ coordinator Hertel Drachten, with a hoisting bag and fall protection
Last year, Hertel proposed a hoisting bag as best practice to the CASOS (Contractor Alliance for Safety On Shell
operations). This is a select group of contractors that work for Shell and share their safety expertise. With the hoisting
bag, materials can be safely moved to a higher or lower level, such as a scaffold. CASOS selected Hertel's concept and
has started producing the hoisting bag.
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