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Environment

Lighting

Lighting should be provided in vehicle depots and on the vehicle. Poor lighting makes it difficult to identify slip and trip hazards. Winter working can involve significant time spent working in the dark, as drivers often start work very early in the morning. Truck loading areas tend to be poorly lit, and uneven ground around the vehicle will present a more significant risk in the dark, for example in accessing the fifth wheel area.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions can make the driver’s job more difficult and hazardous when loading and unloading. An important part of the planning process is to make sure that the effects of bad weather conditions are considered. For example, very high winds may cause people to fall, and rain, ice and snow will make surfaces more slippery.

Yard conditions

Ensure that yards are even and free from potholes and obstacles, to enable safe access to and egress from the vehicle.

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