This report seeks to establish good practice for securing loads on curtain sided lorries across various industry sectors and direct the reader to practical, robust guidance on load restraint to enable them to minimise the risks to health and safety of all those working on and around curtain-sided vehicles. Good practice in this case is defined as those systems of work that are the most practical, involve the least risk of loads becoming unstable or falling, least risk to the operator/driver, and are practicable.
The report reviews existing legislation and guidance in the UK, Europe, and in North America and Australasia and current practice across a cross-section of UK industry, and assesses the mechanics of load shift and what systems of load securing are most effective in restraining loads.
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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