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Avoiding falls from workplace vehicles

What's the problem?

Falls from vehicles in the workplace are caused by a number of hazardous activities. Climbing on loads, slippery surfaces, uneven ladders or walkways or using inappropriate parts of the vehicle as support are among the more common causes.

Employers have legal duties to try to prevent falls, and should consider the following advice.

Guidance

Access on to vehicles should be restricted to those people who have to do so

Where people have to gain access to the top of a vehicle:

No one should ever attempt to join a moving vehicle. This is a significant cause of accidents each year.

Passengers should only be allowed on a vehicle if it is designed to accommodate them safely, with suitable seating.

Different employers working in the same place may have a legal obligation to co-ordinate their safety measures.

2010-03-03