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TRAM - Travel Restraint Access Module

Simple yet effective

The TRAM is a unique height safety system that is simple to use, provides the operator with full mobility and yet completely prevents the user from falling to another level.

Stability, Mobility, Safety

The TRAM arm raises and lowers with the assistance of a gas piston. This aids the user in platform access and egress, as well as when changing between standing and squatting positions while working. The arm acts as a moving handhold, providing stability for the user on the platform. While properly connected to the TRAM, the user can conduct their work efficiently, safe in the knowledge that they cannot fall.

No risk of a fall

While other height safety systems will arrest a free fall, they can expose the user to suspension related issues or the risk of hitting obstacles while falling. TRAM overcomes this safety issue while also reducing the likelihood and consequence of a fall on the same level.

TRAM – Protects during access and egress

Statistics show that the transfer between the ladder and the platform or walkway (access and egress) is particularly hazardous for those working at height. As well as preventing falls on the platform or walkway, TRAM provides protection for the user when making the transition between the ladder and the platform or walkway. No other safety system in the world provides this level of protection. When connected to a TRAM, you cannot fall.

TRAM Applications

Mobile Cranes

Working on cranes, whether they are mobile cranes or site installed is inherently dangerous.

With fall risks on all sides, machinery and traffic as additional hazards the TRAM system offers 100% protection using restraint principles whilst giving full access to the work area.

Specially designed anchorage solutions are provided by the team at Bettersafe to suit your specific requirements.

Access to maintenance areas provides specific access needs. Standard fall protection often wont work due to the low clearance allowances.

The TRAM system overcomes these issues using restraint principles and assisted access to remove the risk of a fall during access and maintenance.

Mobile Cranes offer unique problems when it comes to essential and emergency repairs. If a crane is out of service on a site more often than not there is no means of safe access to the arm.

This issue is removed by the installation of a TRAM system.

Access along the boom in complete safety and with a stable hand hold ensures that the worker is able to carry out the task at hand without the risk of falling.

Suitable for standard mobile cranes, rough terrain cranes and static base cranes the TRAM is the ideal solution to working at height.

With our specifically developed methods of fixing we can ensure a safe anchorage without any risk to the crane structure.

ISO Tank Access

Our ISO TRAM is a height safety system specifically designed to protect those working on ISO Tanks and containers.

The system comprises a rail-mounted TRAM unit fixed to a transportable frame. The frame is lifted into place by a forklift and then locked into position at the ISO connections.

It can be supplied with or without a ladder and walkway.

The risk of a fall from an ISO tank container is well-documented, with the transfer from the ladder to the top of the tank being the most dangerous aspect of the operation.

Tank containers are often accessed from a road trailer, which can be 4m above the ground. ISO TRAM was developed in close consultation with the transport industry to address this serious health and safety risk.

ISO TRAM is the only system in the world that protects the user while transferring from the ladder to the top of the tank. When connected to ISO TRAM, you cannot fall.

Road Tanker

Road Tankers offer dangers different to most work areas.

The access platforms and ladders are subject to whatever weather is prevalent at the time, giving rise to increased risks of slips and falls.

The unique nature of the industries where tank containers are used means that access is required in all-weather to load, empty and maintain tanks, both on site and at the delivery point.

Access to maintenance areas provides specific access needs. Standard fall protection often won’t work due to the low clearance allowances.

Recommended by the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) the TRAM system overcomes these issues using restraint principles and assisted access to remove the risk of a fall during access and maintenance.

Regardless of the design of the tanker, the TRAM system can be installed to suit the access and work requirements.

Height is not an issue, including clearance for bridges as the TRAM can be installed within the current profile in many cases.

Installation of a Mobile TRAM or a Fixed TRAM can ensure safety for access to a single hatch point or indeed several hatch points along the length of a tank.

Unique in the industry the TRAM offers freedom of movement and 100% safety wherever your vehicle is stationed.

TRAM Advantages and Comparisons to Traditional Solutions

TRAM – Advantages

The TRAM system is the only fall protection system for tankers, tanks and cranes that is designed specifically to prevent falls whilst also adding mobility, stability and increased safety for the worker.

The range of patented TRAM solutions are designed by experts in the fields of ergonomics and engineering and are certified and tested to international standards for anchorages.

The TRAM solution
  • A system manufactured from robust stainless steel components that require little maintenance
  • Fall restraint rather than arrest, reducing risk and increasing safety levels.
  • A travelling hand hold providing a stable environment in which to work
  • A fall Arrest rated anchorage for instances where restraint is not possible
  • Protection from falls in all areas of access, whether on the working platform or transitioning to it.
  • Worker confidence.


With a variety of solutions the TRAM can be used where other fall protection systems are not suitable, such as:

  • Mobile Crane Booms
  • Road Tankers
  • ISO Tank Containers
  • Gantry Cranes
  • Conveyor Belt Systems
TRAM Versus Fall Arrest Systems

All fall arrest systems allow workers to drop while the fall is arrested. There is a very high risk of trauma through impact with hazards below.  TRAM prevents falls so this is not a risk.

Fall arrest systems are subjected to much greater loads as vertical fall is arrested. The total load on the static line system is much greater than the loads on a TRAM system as falls are not allowed.

Floor/deck-mounted horizontal lifeline systems (HLL) can snag and accelerate a fall on the same level. The TRAM unit is mounted on a continuous rail and the wheels in the TRAM base mean that the travel of the unit is extremely smooth.

Falls on a deck mounted HLL on a 4.0m high walking platform will not prevent the worker from hitting the floor due to the clearance needed for the lanyard (6.75m) and then the deflection of the cable (c.0.8m). As TRAM units prevent falls then clearance is not an issue.

When a worker falls on a static line system the cable trolley will slip along the cable to the midpoint of the cable span. This effect increases the risk of impact as the person falling may be travelling horizontally, as well as dropping vertically, during the fall. As TRAM units prevent falls then this is not an issue.

Lifeline Anchorages do not protect against the most dangerous part of tanker work – transfer to the walkway from the ladder. TRAM is designed to give a hand hold and anchorage during this critical stage.

TRAM Versus Guard Rails

Pop-up guard-rails are typically 900mm and lower than the centre of gravity of most workers. They are therefore unlikely to prevent a worker falling over them if they lose their balance or are struck by a foreign object. TRAM units prevent falls, even on the level.

Pop-up guardrails are not manufactured or tested to the required standards. e.g. EN14122-3 for Europe. TRAM is tested to all international standards for fall protection anchorages.

Guardrails do not protect against the most dangerous part of tanker work – transfer to the walkway from the ladder. TRAM is designed to give a hand hold and anchorage during this critical stage.

Guardrails only protect one side of the area, leaving the worker still open to a fall risk. TRAM provides protection for the entire area and all fall risks.