An incident occurred involving the use of an H-frame roll cage in a retail store. H-frame roll cages are wheeled cages used for the movement of stock and goods.
The incident involved a member of the public being struck by an H-frame roll cage that was being moved by a retail worker.
H-frame roll cage typically used for the movement of stock
- the H-frame roll cage was stacked to a height that created a blind spot preventing the operator from observing any obstacles, including people, immediately in front of the cage
- lack of adequate stock level controls on H-frame roll cages prior to entering an area where people were present
- a heavy load placed on the H-frame roll cage impacted on the ability to manoeuvre the roll cage
- movement of the H-frame roll cage through pedestrian walkways.
- procedures must be developed for the safe operation of H-frame roll cages. They should include training in:
- movement through walkways.
- ensure H-frame roll cages, where a blind spot may exist, are only moved with the aid of a support person who can act as a spotter
- where H-frame roll cages need to be moved by a single operator, ensure that products are loaded in such a way that it does not create a blind spot
- to minimise risks to people, consideration may be given to restricting the use of H-frame roll cages to times when the store is closed.