The Fill Protector offers enhanced protection at the tanker filling positions on forecourts to prevent accidental vehicular collisions. The Fill Protector has been designed to be both a physical barrier as well as a highly visible indicator. The system is adjustable to encompass all types of fill positions and can be colour coded to match the client’s corporate identity. The product relies on two side mounted swing arms that allow the tanker driver to lift the barrier upwards and backwards for access to the fill points when delivering fuel. The barrier is locked into the ‘open’ position by a magnetic latching system; this ensures that the barrier will not fall onto the driver during the fuel offloading process.
The Fill Protector is supplied as standard with a highly reflective chevron board system to visually alert drivers to the barrier, although this board can be used to display other information such as warning statements, fuel grade types or general branding text.
The Fill Protector can be supplied as a bolt on accessory to the Berrys Fill Master system or alternatively can be retrofitted to existing sites. The mounting system allows for adjustment to uneven surfaces so on an existing site the finished product neatly fits into the surrounding landscape. Additional bolt on items can be included to the standard factory fit; this includes ‘splash back’ plates that help contain any spillage during the fuel delivery process and neatly diverts the spillage back towards the interceptor. Soft set rubber ‘bumpers’ can also be installed when the filling rack is in a position where customers could be opening car doors.
How Fill Protector was Developed
Following on from an accident on a forecourt whereby a customer had accidentally reversed into the fuel storage filling points, initial assessment of the damage appeared to be minor, but in reality the connection below ground had cracked. As a result, following a number of fuel deliveries into the tank the site experienced a significant leak of fuel into the surrounding ground.
Berrys were asked to come up with a solution to this problem in the shape of a Fill point protection system that would protect the filling area from accidental impact, yet retain easy access for the tanker driver to perform his delivery process.
The design intent was a system that was easily installed on-site as well as factory fitted, modular in design, lightweight in respect of manual handling, highly visible and ergonomically pleasing.
To this end Berrys produced a fully adjustable system with a lightweight protective barrier coupled with magnetic latching system that prevents the raised barrier from falling forward during operation and injuring the driver.
The system was so successful that it was immediately rolled out to 200 sites and put on the design standard of one major oil company with other supermarket groups opting for the same design shortly afterwards.