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TRAM Safety Solutions Compared with Traditional Systems

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 provides:

  • 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.