the google earth view illustrates the set up for AAT terminals at Pt Kembla NSW. New cars are delivered to the Port from manufacturing plants around the world. Drivers then discharge them from the ship and park them wharfside. The cars are then collected for delivery to dealerships around the state. In designing the car parking arrangements the engineers/planners made the dreadful mistake of positioning the carpark columns on an east west axis.
Due to the huge numbers of vehicles involved drivers are instructed to park the cars within 400mm of each other and the parking spaces barely accomodate the width of your average car. Of course there is a company policy of “Zero Damage” and prevention of damage to vehicles is the companies highest priority. On this occasion the operation was
commenced before dawn, As the sun rose the drivers were forced to drive the cars directly into morning sun severly impairing the drivers vision, and therefore increasing the opportunity for an accident to happen.
When ever designing lighting in the workplace, and its obvious in this case that the engineers only considered electric lighting for night time operations, it is vitally important to conduct a thorough analysis of tasks undertaken in the workplace at any time of day or night. By conducting these studies then problems involving natural or electric light can be eliminated in the design phase