Health and Safety Executive

Load safety

Other things to think about

To prevent falls from the cab or load bed

Before you set off, check that steps or handholds are in good condition.

On refrigerated vehicles, check the floor for ice or water and follow any instructions you are given to reduce the amount of water.

Wear non-slip footwear.

To prevent hitting a pedestrian

Ask about the layout of the sites you are delivering to. Segregation is an essential element in the loading/unloading process.  It is important to have only the people involved in the process present in area where the activity is taking place.

Observe traffic lights, signs, road markings, speed limits and one-way systems – if you don’t understand a sign or if you think it is hard to see, tell someone.
Remember that you become a pedestrian when you step out of your vehicle.

Don’t let anyone guide your vehicle around the site unless you know they are a trained banksman or signaller.

To prevent slips and trips

Wear well-fitting, slip-resistant safety footwear when working on vehicles.

Keep the soles of your footwear clean.

Clean up spills and dirt, such as diesel or mud on the catwalk or load area.

Keep the load area tidy – pick up loose ropes and packaging.

To prevent injury caused by poor manual handling

Follow your employer’s guidance on lifting and moving loads.

Use the correct equipment to load your vehicles safely.

Use appropriate personal protective equipment

If your employer gives you personal protective equipment to wear, for example slip resistant footwear, be sure to use it whenever you need to. Keep it in good condition and report any faults or excess wear.