What we do at Precision EndGate - Save Money … Increase Safety
Jurisdictions across North America are holding employees and executives directly responsible for accidents, leading to lawsuits and penalties.
Just one accident could result in skyrocketing workplace insurance rates and fines that can, and do, cripple companies. All as a result of accidents that are preventable.
Companies are frustrated by the loss of time and money that occurs when an end gate / tail gate opens accidentally and spills debris all over the road or when an accident occurs when a lift system is left in the raised position.
Our clients appreciate the fact that our Dump Box Safety System saves time, reduces the risk of accidents, and increases productivity.
Put an end to dump box spills and overhead collisions forever!
Precision's Dump Box Safety System is a proven fix, guaranteed to keep dump trucks loads where they belong; securely behind the endgate / tailgate. Our innovative patented system works by overriding the tailgate locking mechanism to ensure no tailgate will ever open accidentally. The new Elevation Indicator System has a dashboard light indicator and in cab audible alarm that activates when the lift is up in a potentially dangerous posistion.
Our Dump Box Safety System and Elevation Indicator System works on all trucks with a lift system including; dump trucks, flatbeds, garbage trucks and haulers with a lift system.
Say Goodbye Forever To :
• Time delays and lost productivity related to spills
• Costly repairs to property, vehicles and equipment damaged by spilled debris or a lifted truck box
• Fines and penalties
• Compromised public confidence
• Crashes that occur when truck boxes are left up
• Skyrocketing costs related to accident clean-up, fines, and insurance premiums
Visit our website at http://www.precisionendgate.com/
Or call 1-877-942-4225
Driver fatally crushed after box
of garbage truck becomes elevated
during travel and crashes into overpass. WorksafeBC incident report says the truck had no audible or visual warning system to warn the driver.
Protect the public, consumer confidence, and your bottom line with the Dump Box Safety System and the Elevation Indicator System. Dump Box Safety System and the Elevation Indicator System costs just a fraction of what a single lawsuit or safety infraction would. And it pays for itself over and over again in increased productivity and reduced downtime.
Precision Endgate Safety Inc.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Dump Trucks, designed for hauling construction materials and excavated earth and rocks, appropriately use in mining.
Top 1: MAKE: Terex
MODEL: MT 6300AC
FLYWHEEL HORSEPOWER: 2,610 - 2,796 kW (3,500 - 3,750 hp)
MAXIMUM VEHICLE GROSS WEIGHT: 598,640 kg
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 363 tonnes
Top 2: MAKE: Liebherr
MODEL: T 282 B
FLYWHEEL HORSEPOWER: NA
MAXIMUM VEHICLE GROSS WEIGHT: 600,000 Kg
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 363 tonnes
Top 3: MAKE: Caterpillar
FLYWHEEL HORSEPOWER: 2,513 kW ( 3,370 hp)
MAXIMUM VEHICLE GROSS WEIGHT: 623,700 kg
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 345 tonnes (380 short tons)
Top 4: MAKE: Terex
MODEL: MT 5500AC
FLYWHEEL HORSEPOWER: 2014 kW(2,700 hp)
MAXIMUM VEHICLE GROSS WEIGHT: 543,311 kg
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 326 tonnes
Top 5: MAKE: Komatsu
FLYWHEEL HORSEPOWER: 1,902 KW (2,550 HP)
MAXIMUM VEHICLE GROSS WEIGHT: 501,974 Kg
MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 291 tonnes
Monday, March 8, 2010
Precision Endgate Safety has been awarded the contract to supply Smook Contractors with its Elevation Indicator System, an alarm system that warns drivers when their truck box has risen unexpectedly.
Smook Contractors contacted Precision after an accident last month at Vale Inco's Manitoba Operations, where a dump truck with a raised box slammed into a trestle carrying the mine's tailings including both gas and water. Damage was substantial and closed surface operations for five days.
Truckshop Supervisor Dave Naylor said the driver was unaware the box was going up slowly as he drove. He said precision's alarm system will prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future.
"We showed it to Inco the other day and they were quite happy with the alarm system, very happy actually. We are putting it on all the trucks we own," Naylor said.
Precision Endgate president Mark Deverson says the incident that occurred at Inco is far from unique. Just recently in Turkey, a truck travelling with its box raised obliterated a pedestrian overpass and caused injury to a least one pedestrian crossing the footbridge at that time. The preventable accident is among the many that occur each year.
"No dump truck should be without this crucial piece of safety equipment," Deverson says.
Naylor agrees. "We should have done this a long time ago."
Precision's Elevation Indicator System is potentially life-saving technology that provides a visual and audible warning to drivers unaware the bed of their dump truck, tilt box garbage truck, or lifting flat deck has risen to a potentially deadly position. Precision also manufactures the Endgate Locking System that prevents the tailgate of a dump box from opening while the truck or trailer is in transport to prevent cargo from escaping. The company is headquartered in Grand Forks, BC.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Officials said the dump truck was in the up position, and when the driver tried to go under the overpass he did not make it.
The bucket of the dump truck was torn off the vehicle.
The manager of the Sunoco station on Wagner Ford Road heard the collision. Tom Shaqra said, “We heard a big, big noise. He hit the bridge.”
Jerry Walters is a 25-year veteran with the city of Dayton. He was behind the wheel of the dump truck when he hit the overpass.
Walters was injured and taken to Miami Valley Hospital to be checked out for injuries to his arm and head.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation were called to the scene to check the bridge for any structural damage.
The road has since reopened and traffic is back to normal.
At least that’s the axiom First Selectman William Brennan would like to take away from the accident that occurred on Monday, Aug. 10, on School Road.While repaving the last section of School Road, by Comstock Community Center, the large bed of a dump truck accidentally came into contact with an electric cable, causing 13,000 volts to sizzle through the truck, Mr. Brennan said at the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night.
The truck’s driver, Michael Moran, 31, was able to escape with minor injuries.
Mr. Brennan said that despite the seriousness of the situation, two good things may be taken out of it: Mr. Moran was not seriously injured, and the truck — which was totaled — was 16 years old and nearing the end of its useful life. The truck was also covered by insurance.
“We came very close to having an employee fatality,” Mr. Brennan said.
Mr. Brennan said the town is using the accident as a learning experience.
“This is a wake-up call that everyone’s really got to remain focused” while on the job, Mr. Brennan said, adding that even if employees lose focus for a brief moment, accidents like this could happen.
“It just nicked the tip of the truck, and then ‘Boom!’” Mr. Brennan said. “It’s
Monday, July 27, 2009
way to prevent dump truck spills and
collisions that occur when truck boxes
are unknowingly elevated?
Precision Endgate Safety Inc. proudly introduces what is the
greatest advance in trucking safety to come in 30 years.
Our Dump Truck EndGate Locking System and Elevation Indicator System is potentially life-saving technologies that will:
· Eliminate accidental spills by securing dump truck loads where they belong – behind the tailgate
· Provide a visual and audible warning to drivers unaware the bed of their dump truck, tilt box garbage truck, or lifting flat deck has risen to a potentially deadly position
“A visual or audible warning signal, or both, shall be provided in the cab to indicate when the lifting mechanism, top door covers, body, tilt frame, or tailgate are elevated and would create a hazardous driving condition.”
- ANSI Standard Z245.1-1992, Section 18.104.22.168
ACT NOW and receive the original Dump Truck EndGate Locking System and our new
Elevation Indicator System – a remarkable 2 for 1 offer.
This truly innovative system takes just two hours to install and will put an end to:
· Debris spills that occur when tailgates open accidentally
· Crashes that occur when truck boxes are left up
· Skyrocketing costs related to accident clean-up, fines, and insurance premiums
· Compromised public confidence
"Driver fatally crushed after box
of garbage truck becomes elevated
during travel and crashes into overpass."
Friday, July 3, 2009
In the last couple of years, one fatality and at least one serious injury have resulted when dump trucks tipped over. Statistics on the frequency of tip-overs are not available because the occurrences are not reported unless injuries result. However, construction personnel involved in dump truck operations agree that tip-overs are becoming more frequent.
An industry labour-management committee formed to address this problem strongly recommends that the construction and trucking sectors become aware of the hazard, the contributing conditions, and the methods of control set out in this advisory.
The main hazard is related to the stability of the end-dump unit when the box is in the raised position.
When the centre of gravity of box and load is not roughly between the frame rails of the unit, there is a risk of tip-over (see diagram facing page).
Stability is adversely affected by one or more of the following factors:
the unit is not on a level surface when dumping
a large amount of material is in the upper portion of the raised box
material does not flow out of the top portion of the box, or does not flow out of one side of the top portion
the rear wheels settle unevenly as the load moves to the rear during dumping
wind may exert lateral loads, especially if the box is long, as is the case with end-dump semi-trailers.
Stability may also be affected by the unit's mechanical condition:
- poor rear suspension systems on one side of the vehicle
- uneven tire pressures in rear wheels
- worn or inadequate components of the lifting system such as pins
- worn or inadequate lifting cylinders.
Because of stability problems with semi-trailers, they should not be used for haulage to rough grading or fill areas where surfaces are often uneven or loosely compacted. Straight trucks or straight trucks and pup trailers are more appropriate for highway haulage to these dump areas. Where haulage and dumping are all on site, straight trucks or off-highway vehicles are even better choices.
Where aggregates are being spread for road construction, belly-dump semi-trailers are more appropriate than end-dump semi-trailers.
Sometimes vehicle selection is not an option for the contractor. Material suppliers or haulers do not always use equipment appropriate to a particular site. However, when contractors do have a choice they should select equipment in accordance with these recommendations to reduce tip-overs.
Cold weather may cause materials to freeze to the box and stick when dumping. Using heated boxes will reduce the problem. During winter, loads should not be left in dump boxes overnight.
- Check tire pressures daily. Tire pressures should be equal on each side of the vehicle.
- Examine and lubricate pins and bushings regularly.
- Inspect suspension systems under load to ensure that they work properly and provide even suspension. Weak suspension systems should be replaced immediately.
- Inspect hoist cylinders regularly. Worn cylinders should not be replaced with smaller cylinders or with cylinders rated at lower operating pressure.
- Make sure that repairs to boxes leave bottom and sides clear and unrestricted. Rough patchwork repairs near the top of the box can catch and hold sticky materials.
Loading of the box front-to-back must meet allowable gross weight and axle weight limitations set by the Ministry of Transportation. From side to side it is best to load as evenly as possible.
If material is likely to flow poorly, lighten up the load in the top end of the box. A slightly smaller load will be better than a full load that causes a tip-over.
Box liners will help most materials flow better during dumping. Liners also help to keep the box in good condition.
Operators should be trained to recognize areas hazardous to dumping, such as soft or uneven surfaces and inadequately compacted fill.
Before dumping, operators should ensure that the tailgate is unlocked and that the vehicle is on a reasonably level surface. Dumping on surfaces that are not level is one of the main causes of tip-overs.
Before spreading material by dumping it from a moving truck, make sure that the entire length of travel is reasonably level.
Trucks should not dump when they are parked side by side with another vehicle. When a dump unit tips over, it is often the operator in the adjoining vehicle who is injured. Dumping operations should be spread out.
Other personnel such as dozer operators, surveyors, and spotters should be warned not to work near a dumping truck in case it tips over.
Workers on foot should not congregate in areas where dumping is under way.
Construction Safety Association of Ontario
Monday, June 15, 2009
A RISING TREND of accidents with dump trucks around the world has encouraged various national construction organizations to issue general advice about safe use of these machines. This is fully supported by the manufacturers, many of whom encourage customers to undergo training.
The main danger is of the truck tipping over when it is in the active raised position, and the advice applies to dumpers of all types--rigid road-going trucks, semi-trailers, off-road articulated dump trucks (ADTs) and even small site dumpers and appropriately-equipped pick-up trucks and trailers.
The risk comes from the centre of gravity of the loaded dumper or combination being raised beyond a safe level and outside the dimensions of the frame when the load area or 'box' is being prepared for tipping. This situation can arise silently and unexpectedly, especially if the operator has no idea of the weight of material he is handling. And this dangerous condition is particularly likely to be reached if the to-be-dumped material sticks to the top of the load-carrying container.
The problem gets much worse if the dumper is not on a stable level surface when the box is raised, when material flows out unevenly or the rear wheels do not settle evenly as the load is transferred and reduced. These conditions are exacerbated if the suspension system of the dump truck is in poor condition (especially if one side is worse than the other), if the hydraulic lifting cylinder(s) are not working smoothly and properly or if the tire pressures are not matched equally side for side.
To prevent some of these problems developing dump truck load areas should always be emptied out overnight and, if possible, hosed down to prevent sticking of material, too. All mechanical damage that prevents free movement of material in the box should be repaired as soon as it is noticed.
When filling up a dump truck without an onboard load-checking and warning system the operator should always be shown clearly what is an acceptable safe limit for the material being conveyed; remember that wet sand is much heavier than dry, for example. With big machines especially always try to ensure that the box is trimmed side to side as it is loaded so that the weight is continually distributed as evenly as possible.
Pressure should never be put on to the operator or loader to exceed the safe limit; it costs far less to make more delivery trips than to pay for all the costs that a dump truck tip-over will produce--including machine and construction site downtime.
Operators of small multi-purpose dumpers--those based on roadworthy pick-up trucks, for example--often choose to fit load-area liners to their vehicles or tipping trailers. Not only do these keep the machines clean and ready to handle the next job but they can help the material to flow out smoothly and therefore safely, too. These liners can be supplied to fit most of the bigger machines. Many contractors fabricate their own or carry suitable plastic sheeting for use when needed.
When the dump truck driver arrives at the dumping site he should know what he is looking for in terms of a safe area to unload; this is not a job for an unskilled operator. The hand-braked vehicle should be on level ground that is evenly compacted so that the wheels on one side do not sink in. This is especially important if a worked-over landfill site is being used. Inspect the unloading area by walking over it first, especially for voids. Landfill sites are notorious for these.
Unlock the tailgate
Always make sure that the tailgate fastening mechanism is fully unlocked before starting to raise the tipping body; failure to do this could both damage the mechanism and destabilize the tipper. It is common to spread the unloaded material out by driving the vehicle forward with the body raised; this is fine as long as the complete length of straight run is clear. It should be reasonably level too.
It is obvious from the above that maintenance of the dump truck is critical to the safety of the dumping operation. Apart from the points already mentioned operators should make sure that all tire pressures are checked every day, with particular care being taken that they are equal on both sides of the dumper. In the same way the suspension system should be inspected regularly for both adequate performance under load, and for matching from side to side. So should the hydraulic pressure system that operates the box-raising mechanism, with particular attention being paid to the condition of the operating cylinder or cylinders.
Keep the tipper body itself in good clean mechanical condition with all physical damage put right before the machine is put away for the night. Major repairs should be entrusted to a competent welder.
Operating one of these machines is a skilled job which needs both common sense and training as the extent of the risk (and its unseen increase as the box is raised) is not always obvious. And, as with all other types of earthmoving equipment, tired operators are the ones who are most likely to make mistakes.
Experience shows that it is not just the operator of the dump truck who is at risk, however. Other site personnel can get in the way so those working on foot should be warned to keep away both from the dumping site and from the route to it.
Skilled operators also know to make sure they are not required to unload when another earthmoving vehicle is parked or operating alongside as a tipping dumper can cause serious damage to one of these--and to its operation.
2007 Alain Charles Publishing Ltd.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Dump truck drivers and construction workers must ensure they are aware of the location and voltage of overhead powerlines where they are working.
In the event of a powerline call 911 or the Local Distribution Company (Electrical Utility) to ensure that power on the powerline is disconnected.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
lives of a Toronto couple whose vehicle was struck by a tailgate that flew off a dump truck.
A similar high-profile incident occurred in 2000 when John Morris Rankin, a member of Nova Scotia's famous Rankin Family musical group, plunged into the harbour after swerving to miss a pile of salt left in the middle of the road.
companies preferring to keep the issue under wraps.
when there is loss of life,” he says.
issue with inattentive employees’ accidently dumping partial loads and 44 per cent reported
having an issue in the last year.
happening every day across North America,” Deverson says. “My goal is to make this
system mandatory on all dump trucks and trailers which will provide safer roads for all
relates to the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers Standard 10 (Cargo Securement).
Deverson at 1-877-942-4225.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
It’s difficult to imagine a construction site or maintenance yard without them. Dump trucks, used to transport everything from gravel and sand to the salt that takes the slick from our streets, are everywhere.
But are these monster machines safe to drive behind? And can we be assured their heavy loads will stay where they’re meant to be – inside the dump box and held securely in place by the tailgate/end gate.
A quick google search reveals an unsettling number of accidents and near misses that occur when dump truck lose their load on neighbourhood roads and highways. What results can range from inconvenient to tragic.
Here are just a few examples:
A Bellingham woman sustained an eye injury and was taken to hospital after pea gravel from a dump truck shattered the right front passenger window of the pickup truck she was a passenger in. Two lanes of freeway traffic were closed while the loose debris was cleared from the road.
In Baltimore, a dump truck spilled asphalt on an Anne Arudel County road, delaying school buses and commuters throughout the morning while parts of Interstate 97 and Route 100 were closed.
Heavy gravel fell from the back of a dump truck, leaving police to deal with traffic and a mess strewn along a 100’ stretch of the East Falmouth Highway in Massachusetts. Police were eventually able to intercept the dump truck just west of the spill scene as it sat in traffic unaware of the mess left behind. The driver secured the tailgate and returned to the spill site to clean up.
A mound of road salt the width of a single lane may have been a factor in the death of musician John Morris Rankin, an internationally known Celtic musician, and member of the Rankins music group. Investigators believe Rankin swerved to avoid the salt and lost control of the truck, which plunged over a 25-metre cliff into the Atlantic Ocean near Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia.
The experts speak
Dennis Bishop, a foreman with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Highway Maintenance Station, says the switch controlling a dump truck’s end gate can be easily bumped.
“The gate release is often located next to the jake brake switch and that leads to the obvious,” Bishop said. “A small mistake on a switch and the load is dumped on the highway. Switches located between seats on consoles, or even mounted on dump levers, can also get accidently bumped. This can be done reaching for a hard hat, coffee or a snack.”
Bishop says truck drivers often continue driving for miles, unaware their load is pouring out. Some never know.
“I know of a load of cold mix that was hauled 100 miles one way and lost,” he said. “I have seen several spills that really made a mess of things. A 10-yard-dump truck is bad, but a 20-yard belly dump is even worse.”
Frank Wilson is a former truck driver now working as environmental health and safety coordinator for PolyCello Packaging. Wilson remembers two occasions when his tailgate opened.
“The first instance caused no harm. It was on a gravel road and it spread out nicely and was left at that. The second instance, a car was following and we had to replace the rad, windshield and paint the car – not so cheap. In both instances, I was hauling 3/4 clear stone. Had it been larger gravel or stone it would have been worse.”
Spills cause more than a mess
Public safety isn’t the only thing compromised when a dump truck loses all or part of its loads. Dump truck owners and employers must absorb direct and indirect costs associated with spills including:
Clean-up costs and related fines
Expenses related to the repair/replacement of damaged property, vehicles, equipment and roads
Fines, lawsuits and increased workers’ insurance costs
Time delays and lost productivity
Declining staff morale and public confidence
Trucks lose their load everyday in cities throughout North America and while most incidents go unreported, others take a serious toll. Some companies deal with the issue by increasing awareness of the problem among workers. Others use a combination of training and chaining to ensure loads remain secure.
Another solution, newly available, is the Dump Box Safety System developed by Precision Endgate Safety. The recently patented system makes it impossible for drivers to “accidentally” trip the switch that opens the tailgate.
“The dump box safety system overrides the locking mechanism so a driver can’t accidentally flip the switch while reaching for coffee or changing gears,” says company president Mark Deverson.
Deverson says the tailgate will only unlock after the box rises one inch and to lift the box a driver must stop the truck, put the transmission or PTO (power take off) in neutral, and raise the box.
“So if you’re driving down the road and hit the switch nothing will happen because you haven’t raised the box.”
In Castlegar, BC, West-K Concrete owner Paul Adrian has installed the Precision Dump Box Safety System on one truck in his small fleet. He says he is pleased with the safeguard and is considering installation of the product on his other trucks.
Adrian says he considers himself lucky that no serious accidents have occurred over the years.
“We replaced a few windshields and repainted a few cars over the years,” he admits.
Visit http://www.precisionendgate.com/ for more information on the dump truck safety system.
Freelance Writer & Journalist
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saint Clair County sheriffs say Ryan Hennemann was helping to unload gravel from the back of the dump truck when it somehow tipped over and crushed him.
Friends say Ryan was on his way to see a girlfriend at the time.
Monday, April 20, 2009
“The issue is only reported when an actual accident happens on a highway, public road or when there is loss of life,” he says.
A recent survey of more than 250 businesses across Canada found 61 per cent have an issue with inattentive employees’ accidently dumping partial loads and 44 per cent reported having an issue in the last year.
“What this tells us is that accidents or near-misses with the potential for loss of life are happening every day across North America,” Deverson says.
“My goal is to make this system mandatory on all dump trucks and trailers which will provide safer roads for all Canadians.”
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
-Operators should be trained to recognize areas hazardous to dumping, such as soft or uneven surfaces and inadequately compacted fill.
-Before dumping, operators should ensure that the tailgate is unlocked and that the vehicle is on a reasonably level surface. Dumping on surfaces that are not level is one of the main causes of tip-overs.
-Before spreading material by dumping it from a moving truck, make sure that the entire length of travel is reasonably level.
-Trucks should not dump when they are parked side by side with another vehicle. When a dump unit tips over, it is often the operator in the adjoining vehicle who is injured. Dumping operations should be spread out.
-Other personnel such as dozer operators, surveyors, and spotters should be warned not to work near a dumping truck in case it tips over.
-Workers on foot should not congregate in areas where dumping is under way.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A 37-year-old dump truck driver is dead following an industrial accident in east Saint John on Thursday.
The Saint John Police and WorkSafeNB, the provincial organization that investigates workplace accidents, are looking into the death of Robert Beaulieu of the Kingston Peninsula who was killed at a gravel pit off Grandview Avenue at about 2 p.m.
Geoff Britt, a spokesman for J.D. Irving Ltd., the company that owns the gravel pit, said Beaulieu had worked for J.D. Irving's Gulf Operators Ltd. for about five years.
“All I know is he was in the process of unloading the material from his dump truck when the accident occurred," Britt said.
"It's very sad. Everybody's just devastated by it."
Police and safety investigators remained on the scene for several hours on Thursday. No other details are being released.
"We're co-operating fully with WorkSafe New Brunswick in investigating to determine the cause of this tragic accident,” Britt said.
“The driver's been employed for quite some time and we're just feeling terrible about it. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and co-workers at this difficult time."
Precision Endgate Safety Inc.