The Wagenborg Safety &
Innovation journey

Wagenborg takes her responsibility for safe working seriously. Education and training of employees are an important part of its safety policy, as is an extensive programme to raise safety awareness for all employees, medical examinations and support programmes. Wagenborg pays special attention to the technical safety provisions of its equipment. The basis for this development is the safety of the staff who operate the equipment. Our engineers and HSEQ Department, in co-operation with the operating staff concerned, have developed innovative technical safety solutions that are practical and workable. Examples of this are the safety provisions for the handling of loads on large mobile cranes, the divisible bulkhead on trailers, and the landings and railings on the new 500-tonne gantry system. All this is in order to reduce the risk of untoward incidents or accidents during transport or lifting, so as to ensure both personal and process safety, and to promote correct behaviour.

Not everyone on the road or on-site is aware of the risks incurred in our operations. That is why we at Wagenborg inform the public and are actively engaged at contractor meetings and in contractor networks. It is closely associated with this. The art of good communication entails getting the audience to understand the message. We believe yet another PowerPoint presentation simply won’t cut it. The project team used Stork Technical Services’ contractor meeting to present a totally new approach to communication: the Wagenborg Safety & Innovation Journey.

Its purpose was to use a live demonstration to provide insights to the contractors we co-operate with on safety policy, and the innovations at Wagenborg. It was clear from the start that it would be a special evening, when a crane-truck was used to deliver flowers to the organiser of the contractor meeting, after which everyone went outside for some more spectacular moves.



The crane drivers of Nedlift’s 400- tonner, launched the show. The new Nedlift 400-tonne truck features several safety innovations. This crane has a flat deck and extensive staircases and fences, so it is possible to access the crane’s hard-to-reach areas safely. The operator is able to secure himself with the TRAM system while working on the mast. TRAM stands for Total Restraint Access Module. It is virtually impossible to fall when using this system. Unique to this machine is the hydraulic, adjustable and extendable 31-metre jib, which can be set up by the crane. No extra crane is needed to set the jib up. Working at height is no  longer necessary, thanks to the automatic coupling of the jib to the mast. 

The operators demonstrated the setting up of the jib, giving the audience a clear idea of the advantages of this system, and of what a crane operator has to deal with every day. The TRAM system’s anti-fall protection was also demonstrated, which clearly showed the major safety benefits of this system. 

Next, the driver of the crane-truck, showed the possibilities of “his” vehicle. The purpose of the crane-truck used to be unloading the cargo, but it can now be used for complex lifting. The driver has a certificate and the same safety procedures as those for a crane-truck apply whilst lifting, such as totally proportionate stamping and demarcation of the working area. Proportionate stamping means the crane-truck always knows, by using sensors, how far the stamps are extended and how much lifting capacity is left. As well as a demonstration of ‘overstretched hoisting’, there was also an explanation of the technical safety features on and around the vehicle, the new EN-12999 building code, and the changing role of the crane-truck whilst loading, unloading and lifting. 

It was altogether an interesting, informative demonstration by the Wagenborg team, which
was much appreciated by those attending the Stork contractor meeting. The pride and enthusiasm the Wagenborg team showed when giving the demonstration was seen as striking. ‘Impressive’, ‘professional’, and ‘unforgettable’, according to a few of the spectators. Which was precisely the intention!