To prevent the calculation of inaccurate Verified Gross Mass (VGM) because of faulty weighing equipment.
A faulty scale will be reported by the weighing operator as per his operating procedure.
Corrective action in case of faulty weighing equipment:
- Stop use of the scale immediately.
- Demarcate the scale from the area or remove power supply to ensure that it is no longer used.
- Isolate all items weighed during the time in which the error occurred.
- Report fault to your supervisor who will call out the preferred scale service provider to attend to the faulty scale.
- A record must be kept of all faulty equipment and repairs done on a “Service and Maintenance Report”
- Re-weigh all isolated items.
- What you need to know about Covid-19
- The spread of the disease occurs mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
- Apart from being directly infected by the droplets, healthy person can also be infected when the
- virus settles on surfaces from where it can transfer to their hands and infect them when they touch their eyes, nose or mouth.
- Symptoms of the disease are a sore throat, slight fever, fatigue, headache, tiredness and a dry cough.
- Any person of any age can be infected by the disease, but older people are more likely to develop severe illnesses.
- The disease is more likely to be severe and even fatal for the following:
- Persons over the age of 80 (although it should be noted that the severity increase with age,
starting with those over the age of 60);
- Persons with compromised immune systems (due to for instance HIV/AIDS and cancer); and
- Persons with comorbidities, including cardiovascular disease (10.5% mortality), diabetes (7.3%
- mortality), chronic respiratory disease (6.3% mortality) and hypertension (6% mortality).
- Healthy, fit individuals are more likely to develop only mild symptoms and to recover quickly.
- The virus is denatured by strong sunlight, soap and water, and most disinfectants.
- On surfaces, the virus can survive for up to 24 hours if left untouched and unsanitised, although
- there is some indication that the virus may remain active for up to 5 days on hard, shiny surfaces, fabrics and paper.
The transmission of the disease can be prevented by:
- Washing hands regularly with soap or using an appropriate hand sanitiser
- (Please note that ordinary soap works well enough as long as hands are washed for long
enough (more than 20 seconds), and that anti-bacterial hand wash soap is no more effective
against viral contamination. Washing hands properly and for long enough with soap and water is also more effective than using hand sanitiser.)
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Coughing or sneezing into a flexed elbow or covering it with a tissue which is then
- immediately discarded.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Every driver must complete a Forklift Daily Inspection checklist before utilizing the machine.
- Any faults found during the checks must be recorded on the checklist and reported to management before utilizing the machine.
- Management will confirm if the machine can still be used.
OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS
- Watch out for pedestrians.
- Ensure the lifting tines are secure into the pallet and the load is stable before lifting or driving off.
- Be careful of ceiling clearance or overhead obstructions when raising the mast.
- Always remember that the safe working load of a forklift reduces as the mast is tilted forward.
- Always put the heavy end of the load against the load backrest.
- When approaching a blind corner or approaching a door/entrance way, use horn and drive slowly.
- Always have someone guide you if a load restricts your vision.
- Slow down when changing direction or on wet or greasy surfaces.
- Avoid harsh braking, especially when carrying a load.
ENDING OPERATIONS AND CLEANING UP
- When stopping the forklift:
- Park on even ground and lower the forks to the ground.
- Shift the gear selector to park position and apply the parking brake.
- Turn off the ignition and remove the keys.
- Do not use faulty equipment. Report any faults immediately.
- Do not allow any passengers to ride on the forks.
- Do not lift a load with the mast tilted forward.
- Do not travel with forks raised or reach mechanism extended.
- Never travel with the load elevated.
- Do not attempt to turn on an incline or sloping surface.
- Do not dismount from a forklift while the engine is running unless the vehicle has completely stopped, transmission is in park position, and the parking brake is effectively engaged.
- Do not leave forks elevated when forklift is unattended.
- Do not refuel an engine-powered forklift unless the motor is stopped, and ignition turned off.
- Do not lift a safety cage without it being chained and if the occupants are not using safety harness.
8 Point Container Inspection Procedure
- Purpose: To verify the physical integrity of the container structure prior to loading
- The below Eight-point interior and exterior inspection process must be done for all containers entering the premises:
Vents (Weighbridge Staff)
- Front wall (Weighbridge staff) – Whilst on the weighbridge inspect front wall, making sure vents and blocks are visible and appropriately spaced. Look for different wall colours and blocks that are too close to the vents. Use a tool to tap front wall – you should hear a hollow, metal sound. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects.
- Vent Settings (Weighbridge staff) – Whilst on the weighbridge inspect the vent settings on the front wall of the container. The vents must be opened at 15cbm. If the vents are closed, immediately notify the planner who will notify the client.
See below example of a container vent opened at 15cbm
- Left side (Weighbridge staff) – Whilst on the weighbridge inspect internal and external surfaces, including structural beams. Use a tool to tap side walls – listen and feel for hollow metal sound. Look for any repairs. Blocks and vents inside container must be visible and appropriately spaced. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects.
- Right side (Weighbridge staff) – Whilst on the weighbridge inspect internal and external surfaces, including structural beams. Use a tool to tap side walls – listen and feel for hollow metal sound. Look for any repairs. Blocks and vents inside container must be visible and appropriately spaced. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects.
- Outside doors (Weighbridge staff) – Whilst on the weighbridge ensure locking mechanisms are secure and in good working order. Doors should seal completely when closed. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects.
- Undercarriage (Weighbridge staff) – Whilst on the weighbridge inspect undercarriage. Undercarriage support beams should be visible; solid plates should not cover the beams if possible. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects.
- The below eight-point interior and exterior inspection process is recommended for all containers in the Bays:
- Ceiling/Roof – Inspect external roof and internal ceiling, use tool to tap – you should hear a metal, hollow sound if possible. Look for any repairs. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects
- Interior Floor – Inspect floor for unusual repairs. Floor should be flat and one height. There should be no steps or raised platforms inside container. Check, note and take pictures of all minor to moderate defects.
- Look for structural defects that will threaten the safety and security of people loading and unloading containers.
- Also check for the below:
- Significantly bent / bowed posts, support beams or broken welds
- Door in poor condition that prevents proper sealing
- Holes into container
- Ensure that the container is dry.
- Check that the container is free from any foreign/non-food grade objects.
- Condensation / standing water or wet floors
- Unpleasant odour
- Defaced container markings
- Reject containers that do not pass the 8-Point Inspection criteria.
- Any faults found on a container must immediately be reported to a Supervisor on duty. The supervisor must record any deviations on a Deviation Report.
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Botswana has been facing an unexplainable phenomenon where Elephants are dying in their numbers without cause or reason. Jacobs Transport is working hand in hand with veterinary experts in a project to translocate elephants to a saver location out of harm’s way. The project is translocating 20 bull elephants to a venue that is bigger and much more wide open with more food.
The translocation project has been well informed by thorough research to both protect communities and ensure that the translocated elephants are protected, monitored, and managed. They are monitored to ensure that they are safe, healthy, and protected every step (or kilometre) of the way.
Protecting and preserving our wildlife species is of utmost important to every individual involved.
It has come to our attention that a company called “Jacobs Shipping Containers” as per below details, is using our Company address details fraudulently.
This criminal deception has caused some of this fellow’s poor “customers” to arrive at our premises expecting to collect containers they believe they had “bought”.
Company name: Jacobs Shipping Container Pty Ltd
Address 1: 401 Solomon Mahlangu Dr, Roseburg, Durban, 4094
Address 2: 15 Garfield Road, Alrode, Alberton
Tell: (+27) 031 828 2456
Mobile: (+27) 073 874 4631
Reg no: 2011-090257-23
Please assist us with getting rid of these type of criminals in our industry – kindly consider carefully doing any business with this clearly criminal individual.
We remain at your service,
Founded in 1999 by Gys and Jan Jacobs, Jacobs Transport was started with the use of only one secondhand crane truck and has grown to include a comprehensive fleet of over 50 vehicles and equipment and a wide range of services. Amongst other services the Gautengbased company specialises in the fields of machine moving and rigging, including loading, offloading, rigging and positioning of any machinery up to 75 t.
Jacobs Transport is a major player in the container, modular unit and parkhome transport and rigging industry sectors and can also destuff bulk loads or crates and assist with the rigging process to factory production or assembly lines. Jacobs Transport also specialises in abnormal transport and its associated permits and escorts both cross country and cross border, as well as the effective management of factory moves and the palletising and crating of equipment to export standards.
Jacobs Transport facilitates border clearance to all neighbouring countries, as far north as the Democratic Republic of Congo. By using the Jack and Slide hydraulic systems, Jacobs Transport ensures the safe movement of heavy machinery such as transformers, boilers, injection moulds and presses, especially where height clearance may be a hazard. These systems are designed to easily load, offload and transload valuable and sensitive equipment to engineered specifications. In addition to in-house specialised and certified equipment, compliant and trained riggers, including qualified red seal riggers, and on-site safety officers, Jacobs Transport also offers access to a range of carefully vetted subcontractors, delivering turnkey solutions.
The 21-year old company constantly upgrades its fleet of vehicles and equipment, which includes crane trucks up to 40 t, trailers with flat deck and drop sides, sidelifters, roll backs, Hidrokon, vehicle-mounted cranes and vehicles used to transport dangerous goods and abnormal loads. Jacobs Transport’s highly skilled drivers and crew are supported by a dedicated maintenance and breakdown assistance team and its rigging team includes experienced assessors that safely and cost-effectively manage rigging requirements. Vehicle track and trace capabilities such as drive-cam with 24-hour live video tracking, proof-of-delivery tracking, tracing and capturing and query resolutions are also available.
Jacobs Transport is ISO9001: 2015 quality management system certified and prides itself on being a Christian-based company with reliable and ethical values, providing clients with personalised, passionate and efficient customer service.
Choosing the correct crane is essential for safe and efficient lifting, whether you require a crane for a single project or if you want to expand your business and need to move around heavy equipment. The right crane selection is dependent on the number of job sites you need the crane for and the weight of each load. Currently for many business owners, crane truck hire is one of the most efficient and smartest types to consider. With numerous benefits, it is no surprise as to why individuals are opting to go this route.
A crane truck is more commonly referred to as a truck mount crane and as suggested by the name, such trucks consist of two sections; the lower and upper. The lower section resembles a semi truck and which will sit on either four or eight wheels and is inclusive of a cab for driving which may also double as an operating booth. The upper section refers to the crane which is mounted at the rear of the truck. The cab has to be of the right height in order to have proper visibility when driving on public roads. Such truck and crane assembly are available for hire in numerous truck and crane heights and configurations to make them compatible for use in various lifting situations. Unlike
conventional cranes, rear mount crane trucks can be moved or driven to different locations by any individual who has the correct drivers license requirements. Such vehicles ease the hassle of truck and crane hire as these vehicles are able to move around in smaller job sites.
What are the advantages of hiring rear mounted crane trucks?
The sheer size and mobility of the truck makes them the ideal choice for any industrial projects. Listed below are the ways that a crane truck will be beneficial to your business.
- Improvement of site accessibility
The standard cranes which we are accustomed to require transportation of the crane components to the actual job site location before it can be of any use. This already creates added expenses before the initial crane use and factor in that the setup of a traditional crane and keep impractical, time consuming and even impossible in secluded locations. A single unit piece of equipment, such as a truck mount crane will be easier to move and get to remote sites. In additional, mounted cranes do not require support pads which are commonly used in conventional setup. Sandy or soft land proves no difficulty or hindrance as the need for support is not necessary.
- The easier transportation of material
The hire of such a crane enables the client to move heavy materials or objects over a short distance on the actual crane itself. Having the capacity to work in this manner means that a lower number of trucks will have to be used on site and minimal time will have to be spent on transport logistics. Movement of materials with a conventional crane requires too many additional steps as the item will have to first be lifted via the crane, loaded onto a truck which will then drive to the new location thereafter the materials will be offloaded by the crane again. Investing in mounted crane hire will eliminate all unnecessary movements.
- Less amount of space required on site
Rear mount cranes require less space than your standard separate truck and crane hire would. When
taking space requirements into consideration, the characteristics of a mounted crane simply make it the better option to settle with. Acting as a single unit makes it ideal for use in urban areas and in the development and construction of land which already has existing dwellings. Other vehicles making use of the same site are not inconvenienced in any way as they are able to freely move around the truck itself and pass through.
- Fewer overhead costs
The use of a traditional crane requires prep of the site and the layering of a solid foundation and installation of support pads to ensure that the crane is able to be used in a safe manner. The crane would then have to be assembled on the foundation, all of which takes up a significant amount of time which could have been used on the actual project itself. In certain instances, specialized labor may be required for the crane assembly process. The benefit of using a truck with a crane already installed means that you can work on the original site with minimal to no prep and make use of all the workers you already have on site.
- Shorter time required for inspection
All cranes requires inspection before use to ensure that all safety standards and measures are in place before the commencement of your daily on site work. A mounted crane is no different however these inspections are much shorter due to the simple and compact structure of the crane. This shortened inspection time can reduce the average working hours for the day and may be the entire projected time frame for the job.
As you decide on the right crane for your business needs, consider the benefits of a truck crane and contact Jacobs Transport for more information on this particular hire.
A common misconception is that machine rigging is only about the use of large equipment to lift and move heavy machinery or factory plant, a fairly straightforward operation one might think. However, with the demands for machine rigging becoming greater and more complex each day, the techniques, procedures and planning involved are at the forefront of the operation. Rigging specialists may face challenges and job constraints such as limited time and operating space, demanding movement and production schedules or even just the sheer size and magnitude of the operation at hand. Here at Jacobs Transport we heed the call and as leading specialist in machine rigging, there is no job or operation greater and more important than meeting our client’s needs.
The operating of heavy rigging machinery calls for preparation and concentrated focus to ensure the safety of people, property and equipment. It is up to us to ensure that our staff are well trained and follow the basic essential rigging guidelines to ensure a smooth running operation. Listed below are the technical issues and procedures which are considered pre and post rigging operation.
- Only work with and allow qualified personal on site: It is paramount that every work on site or involved in the operation are aware of standard rigging safety. They should be have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the equipment being used and professional training in complying with standard rigging procedures in an effort to anticipate problems before they occur. Riggers must be able to stop equipment should an unsafe situation arise.
- Inspection of equipment and documentation of technical issues: Before the undertaking of any project, a thorough inspection of all handling equipment must be conducted. It is vital that only equipment in good working condition is used and lifting is carried out in suitable weather conditions to avoid any potential accidents. Any technical issues, inconsistencies or equipment malfunctioning must be recorded. Wear and tear is probable if equipment is used by multiple operators at a single site. Maintenance must be conducted as soon as possible, after the identification of a technicality.
- Setting of the load: The first and basic rule of machine rigging is to ensure that the load hook and upper suspension form a straight line and nothing comes into contact with the load. It is important to have a balanced load as an unbalanced load will run the risk of tipping the crane over. One must ensure that the crane is able to handle the load capacity and swing, whilst keeping in mind the size and radius of the load. It is the responsibility of the rig operator to ensure that no person stands under a suspended load or the suspended load does not move toward ground workers. Everyone should be aware of their surroundings and personal safety making sure to stay clear of pinch points. If the rig operator does not have a clear unobstructed view, then a spotter must be designated. A spotter will direct the rigger in making clearance and avoiding close contact with people or other objects on the worksite.
- Handling of the load: The slings and lines used must be of the good quality with high durability and ability to lift objects of a substantial weight. The tension and vertical capacity of each sling should match. If machines are or need to be turned off it is important that the load is not suspended in the air during this time. Loads should be landed before the hoist is left unsupervised and the vicinity must be clear before landing occurs. The load must be lowered slowly to avoid hard contact with the ground and the possibility of breakage.
- Knowledge of rigging equipment: Every rig operator must be knowledgeable about the load weight that the machine can lift. Such information is available in the operator’s manual and should be strictly followed. Lifting a load which is heavier than the recommended weight in the load chart could be detrimental to the operation and safety of the workers.
- Equipment storage: Upon completion of a job or project the rigging equipment needs to be stored away in a place where it cannot perish or get damaged by weather or other unforeseen factors. Aside from protecting the lifespan and durability, equipment must be stored in an area where it does not pose a potential danger for people working in the same vicinity. Equipment must be inspected thoroughly and frequently to avoid the risk of accidents.
As well-known leaders in machine rigging, Jacobs Transport offers a level of experience and expertise that is unmatched. With national large scale projects under our belt, will we certainly rise above any challenge a project might pose. Contact us today and we can help you with your machine rigging requests and related services.
In light of the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council to enforce a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March, Jacobs Transport, has heeded this call and will be temporarily closing our offices as of Thursday 26 March, 17h00, with all our eligible office-based employees working remotely from home until our offices reopen on 17 April 2020.
Most of our operations will be impacted, with the exception of operations that support the supply of essential products/services OR emergency equipment. Where practical and within the ambit nation-wide lockdown we will do everything within our ability to minimise the impact and inconvenience on your business – we can assist.
We remain at your service,
Billy Meysel | General Manager