Car transporters

Falls from car transporters, often from the upper decks, can result in death or serious injuries. Serious accidents often involve people falling more than 2 metres over the edges. Lower falls occur, including through openings in the decking and from ladders.

Legislation that applies

The requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 apply. Employers have to avoid work at height where this is reasonably practicable and, where it is not, prevent falls as far as reasonably practicable.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) apply to both new and existing vehicles. The Regulations should be applied proportionately and sensibly to the risks.

Risk assessment

Duty holders should carry out an assessment of the risks associated with the movement of vehicles on and off car transporters. The assessment should identify the hazards, evaluate the risks and determine the precautions for each category of vehicle and for each design of transporter.

Drivers should be fully involved in all aspects of developing safe systems of work with transporters. Their knowledge and experience can significantly contribute to solving problems.

Assessments should generally consider:

Loading and unloading at car dealers

The practice of loading and unloading car transporters on the road is widespread. Solutions to this problem depend on long-term co-operation between the dealer and the haulier. Planning deliveries and risk assessment of sites in advance can often help.

Training - All drivers, maintenance staff and other persons should be adequately trained in the hazards and precautions identified in the risk assessments. Employers should keep adequate training records to demonstrate that training has been carried out.

Particular attention should be given to the precautions which should be adopted for: