16. Access to the top of a container
16.1. Examination area
16.1.1. Any freight container requiring detailed examination
should be removed from the stack and placed in an area which is
specially set apart for this purpose and in which safe means of access,
such as aircraft-type steps, fixed access platforms or ladders, can be
16.2. Means of access
16.2.1. (1) In the case of a stack special equipment such as the
type of access platform fitted to articulated arms mounted on a road
vehicle for the maintenance of street lights should be employed
whenever this is practicable.
Alternatively, a straddle carrier may be employed, after it has
been specially adapted for this use, to enable a person to travel on
the carrier and, when the latter is positioned over the particular
container, to be able to pass on to the container in safety, the carrier
remaining station&ry the whole time.
The modification referred to in subparagraph (2) should not
be such as to impair the suitability of the straddle carrier for the work
for which it was originally designed.
A suitable standard operating procedure for the transport of
persons should be laid down to suit the type of carrier and local
This procedure should include a strict requirement that the
driver of the carrier should
obey all instructions from the person examining the container
when that person is descending on to or climbing from or standiug
on the container;
not move any part of the carrier's mechanism or accept audible
instructions (which should be prohibited) when the person
examining the container is not within his field of vision.