Because of the size and bulk of the machinery and equipment used in the transportation industry, there are numerous safety hazards. Employees who are not aware of the hazards put themselves and their co-workers in danger, and they can also have a significant impact on a company’s ability to operate safely and efficiently.

Globalization has resulted in a rising and more complex global demand for products and services.


The desire for more effective, economical, and sustainable logistics flows is driving a significant increase in intermodal transport, an option that more and more businesses are choosing to transfer their goods throughout the world.

Intermodals entails employing at least two different modes in a journey from origin to destination via an intermodal transport chain, which allows for the integration of several transportation networks. Intermodal transport improves the transportation chain’s economic performance by utilizing modes in the most productive manner.

Transfers from one method of transportation to another are made at specially designed intermodal terminals. Containers have become the primary intermodal transport unit, and their use is expanding year after year in line with international commerce trends. Risks at container terminals are unavoidable in highly complicated container terminal operations and can occur at any time.

Safety zones

Because of the high number and severity of incidents, container terminal personnel’ safety and security, as well as the environment and physical infrastructure, is a concern.

The first stage in improving occupational safety is to conduct a safety risks assessment on container terminal, which will aid in the development of container terminal safety procedures for workers in order to build a safety culture. Employers should provide a safe working environment for longshore and other on-dock rail workers by designating work safety zones for on-dock container rail operations as well as mobile equipment and vehicles operating near active rail services.

Along with the employee safety zone, the danger zone at platforms of train stations must be designated with reflective paint or other highly visible markings at all times, even at night and in adverse weather. The rail terminals danger zone is the area adjacent to the tracks that should not be used by people while no trains are present or when a train is passing through the station.

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Related FAQs

What are rail terminals?

Rail terminals are specialized stations established along railroad lines to facilitate the intermodal transportation network. Intermodal transfer facilities and interstate commerce are made possible by rail terminals.

What are the different types of lifting equipment?

Rail freight terminals vary in complexity due to the various freight industries they serve (e.g., grain, coal, cars, containers), each of which necessitates specific loading/unloading infrastructure and equipment. Rail freight terminals serve four primary functions:

  • Bulk – These terminals are often intended for a single commodity.
  • Roll on/Roll off – Vehicles or construction equipment are transported through these facilities.
  • Break-bulk – They are typically associated with a specific business, such as a warehouse handling break-bulk cargo and serviced by specialized rail spurs. Containerization has lessened the demand for break-bulk terminals.
  • Intermodal – The loading and unloading of modular freight from railcars.

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