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Salvo improves loading bay safety for Vitacress

Vitacress, one of the UK’s leading growers, packers and distributors of high quality salads, has chosen Castell’s driveaway prevention system Salvo to protect warehouse staff at its Amesbury facility.

Following a couple of incidents in which drivers departed from loading bays with loaders still inside the trailer, management at Amesbury decided that it needed to find a system that would guarantee loader safety. Up to that point, drivers handed over their keys and were asked to obey traffic lights, but neither measure was foolproof.

Salvo was the first system trialled and, after satisfying Vitacress’s expectations, it was installed on five loading bays. There have been no recorded driveaways since installation.

"The loaders rate it," explains Bill Cant, intake supervisor at Amesbury. "They know that drivers can’t drive off while the door remains open."

Once a driver has reversed up to the relevant loading bay, they collect a Salvo lock from the storage box in the office, fit it to the emergency airline coupling and remove the key. The trailer is now immobilised. The key is then inserted into a control box next to the bay door and turned. This causes amber beacons to flash inside the bay and allows the door to be opened and the dock leveller positioned. The key remains trapped in the control box while the door is open. Once loading or unloading is complete, the door is closed, the key released from the control box and the Salvo removed from the airline coupling.

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