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Sri Lanka’s SAGT deploys safety cages for lashing crew

ECONOMYNEXT – South Asia Gateway Terminals, a unit of publicly traded John Keells Holdings said it had deployed lashing cages to improve the safety and work environment of lashing crews for the first time at Colombo Port, allowing them to work in rainy or windy conditions.

Container Top Safety Work Cages (CTS-WC), made by Dubai based World Crane Services, can accommodate up to eight workmen.

The safety cages allow lashing contractors to carryout on-board container lashing operations with significantly improved safe working conditions,” SAGT said in a statement.

“A feature of the safety cage is the ability to sustain container lashing operations in adverse weather conditions such as rain and wind.”

Containers in ships are attached to the deck through a series of lashing bars and locks, which have to be removed before unloading and fixed back after loading.

The lashing cages have a modular design allowing them work over 20 or 40 foot container bays. The lashing cage meets European Union safety legislation for personnel carrying machinery.

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