Royal Mail – Operating Methods for the Transport of Loaded & Empty RSCs, York Containers & Mini-York Containers in Royal Mail Vehicles: “Mandatory”  

Royal Mail – Operating Methods for the Transport of Loaded & Empty RSCs, York Containers & Mini-York Containers in Royal Mail Vehicles: “Mandatory”  

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

The Health, Safety & Environment Department has received a number of enquiries from Reps regarding the safe loading plan and transportation of Mini-Yorks and we are therefore circulating the Royal Mail “Mandatory” guidance on load control, loading plans and safety for containers on Royal Mail vehicles and trailers. This set of instructions supersedes all previous loading instructions and compliance with this Policy/Guidance is “Mandatory”.

This ‘Mandatory Guidance’ was produced ‘jointly’ by Royal Mail and the CWU, to ensure that a uniform method of load control is in existence throughout the transport sections within the Royal Mail business.

This Policy should be the definitive reference, but must also be considered when performing site specific Workplace and Yard Risk Assessments and following SSoWs.

Additionally, on all new curtain sided vehicles the strapping positions for York containers has been revised, whereby an additional cleat has been fitted and some extra eyes in the webbing. This has proved to be more secure than the existing method, especially in stop/start conditions or where there is a high frequency of sleeping policemen. It is available as a retro fit should the need arise.

Mini-Yorks are covered on pages 30-33.

Mk4 York Containers are on Page 34.

Only trained/instructed staff should operate dock levellers, tail lifts and mechanical handling equipment. Those not trained or instructed should not operate the equipment under any circumstances.

Under no circumstances must any Mechanical Handling Equipment be driven over Bridging Plates or Tail Lifts.

The contents are listed as follows:-

Page 4 Section 1 Operating Principles – Curtain Sided Vehicles
Page 5 Section 2 Operating Principles – Side loading of Curtain Sided Vehicles
Page 7 Section 3 Operating Principles – Box Vehicles
Page 8 Section 4 Load security diagrams RSCs & Yorks
Page 12 Section 5 Loading Methods – Yorks – Using a Dock Leveller – Fore & Aft method
Page 13 Section 5a Loading Methods – Yorks – Using a tail lift-Block of 13 Method
Page 14 Section 6 Loading Methods – Yorks – using a tail lift
Page 15 Section 7 Loading Methods – Yorks – Latest Strapping Type
Page 16 Section 8 Load Security diagrams
Page 20 Section 9 Loading Methods – Mixed Loads
Page 20 Section 10 Mixed loads security diagrams
Page 22 Section 11 Moving empty Yorks
Page 23 Section 11.1 Loading 550cf~740cf vehicles using a Dock Leveller
Page 24 Section 11.2 Loading 550cf~740cf vehicles using a tail lift
Page 24 Section 11.3 Unloading 550cf~740cf vehicles using Dock Leveller
Page 25 Section 11.4 Unloading 550cf~740cf vehicles using a tail lift
Page 25 Section 11.5 Loading vehicles over 740cf using a dock leveller
Page 26 Section 11.6 Loading vehicles over 740cf using tail lift
Page 28 Section 11.7 Unloading vehicles over 740cf using a dock Leveller
Page 27 Section 11.8 Unloading vehicles over 1400cf using a tail lift
Page 27 Section 12 Nested Yorks security diagram
Page 28 Section 13 Vehicle Capacities
Pages 29-31 Section 14 Loading plan for Mini-Yorks (updated August 2015)
Page 32 Section 15 Mk 4 Parcel York Loading – Nested (updated Oct 2017)

Attachments:

  • Royal Mail – Operating Methods for the Transport of Loaded & Empty RSCs, York Containers & Mini-York Containers in Royal Mail Vehicles: “Mandatory”
  • Loading and Unloading of Royal Mail Vehicles Safe System of Work
  • Mk4 York Container SSoW 

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

18LTB681 Operating Methods for the Transport of York & Mini-York Containers in RM Vehicles

Loading Unloading Vehicles (Royal Mail Operations) SSOW v1.0

Transport of Yorks and RSCs SSOW v.1.3

York Container Mk 4 Additional Requirements SSoW v2.1

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