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Q&A: Jeff Main

The last time port technology spoke to BLT, you taught us of the importance of bollard load testing, could you reaffirm why it is imperative for ports to be aware of this?

Health and safety best practice. Capability of lifting and load bearing equipment requires testing and specific health and safety conformance, proving the safe working load of quayside bollards does not.

Proof testing projects to date in the UK have resulted in down-rated safe working load capability and failure, including newly installed bollards.

“Why should we do it? is a common question across the world and not just UK ports when it comes to question of bollard load testing as there is no specific legislation that needs to be met, so why should ports spend money on this area?”

HSE issue notice for compliance to a UK port after a bollard failure and are working with ‘Ports Skills & Safety’ to raise awareness…

Jeff Main, Managing Director, Bollard Load Testing Ltd and Tyne and Wear Marine Ltd, South Shields, UK