Health and Safety Executive

Load safety

People and loads fall

Fallen load

Loads fall

An unsecured load shifts inside the trailer and is more difficult to unload. The load may have to be unloaded manually or can fall on to people.

Even if the load was packed carefully, if it is not secured and shifts in transit, it presents a risk on The road and when it arrives at its destination.  Loading and unloading can be extremely time-pressured – with no time to stop and carefully consider the risks of unloading an unstable load.

Spilled loads can lead to road closures and cause significant delay and congestion.     

People fall

Sending someone up onto the trailer bed puts them at risk of falling off.

Many falls from vehicles occur during loading and unloading.

People don’t need to fall far to seriously injure themselves.