Transportation Safety

Even with modern mechanized materials handling equipment, the worker (the truck operator, the forklift operator, the warehouse worker, etc.) is an integral part of the materials handling process. The combination of safe equipment, safe facilities, and workers following recognized safe work practices is an important issue in the prevention of accidents in the materials handling industry.

The use of material handling in a congested work area can create a hazardous condition or could lead to an accident.
Materials should be properly stored to prevent accidental displacement.
A loading dock, an area seemingly harmless in appearance, is teeming with potential accident events: sprains, strains, falls, warehouse workers struck by materials handling equipment, or errant, inattentive, or untrained forklift drivers. Unsecured trucks or trailers can lead to even more serious injuries.

SPA L.L.C. has addressed transportation issues in the past including:

  • Loading and unloading of flatbed trailers
  • Terminal storage and warehousing operations
  • Terminal storage of 20-, 35-, and 40-foot shipping containers
  • Fresh-watering procedures for ocean-going vessels
  • Sand blasting operations onboard ocean-going vessels
  • Forklift operations
  • Manual materials handling

Mr. Pulz has over 25 years of maritime and materials handling experience including:

  • Designated as an Authorized Maritime Trainer by the U.S. Department of Labor- OSHA

Forensic Experience

  • Investigated numerous accident events occurring at transportation terminals, construction sites, in transit, in port, and at sea. Has given deposition and trial testimony on this subject matter.

John T. Clark & Son of Maryland, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland

  • Developed and implemented safety program, investigated accidents associated with the materials handling and maritime industry, record keeping, medical programs, training, insurance materials, correspondence with federal and state regulatory agencies, research and development of operations safety.
  • Corporate safety program chosen by the National Maritime Safety Association as reference for its national safety program published in 1978. Trained executive personnel from national trade association in effective safety programming.
  • Created accident reporting system, established effective communication between management personnel and insurance carriers. Resulted in achievement awards for safety efficiency from local trade association in 1976, 1977, and 1978.

Maersk Container Service Company

  • Research and development of the Corporate Safety/Risk Management Program for Maersk Container Service Company, Inc. (Transportation/Warehousing).
  • Revisions and additions to Corporate Safety Program.
  • Conducted risk management seminar(s) for Maersk Container Service Company, Inc.
  • Conducted safety training for management and union supervisors and foremen.

Longshoreman ILA Local #333, Port of Baltimore

  • Over nine years of hands-on experience involving the loading and unloading of materials to and from ships, railroad cars, containers, and trucks. Methods of materials handling included manual materials handling and operation of various sized forklift trucks, yard tractors, cherry pickers, and cranes. Part of this work included over four years’ experience as a part-time and full-time gearman. Within this industry, the Gearman is responsible for rigging equipment and rigging practices used in all materials handling processes.