Lorries in the workplace

Accidents caused by moving lorries at the workplace caused 2 deaths, 79 major injuries and 249 over-3-day injuries to employees in the 'freight by road' industry, in the 2009/10 work year. Accidents included drivers being crushed whilst coupling trailers to trucks, being hit by other vehicles (particularly fork trucks) while out of their cabs, and people being crushed by reversing vehicles.

Measures to reduce the risk of lorry accidents include :

An overview of the issues and practical suggestions for managing health and safety can be found in the free publication INDG199 Workplace transport safety – An overview .

More detailed advice on workplace transport is contained in the HSE publication HSG136 Workplace Transport Safety – An employer's guide. HSE advice on safe vehicle coupling includes a link to obtain new guidance from the Institute of Road Traffic Engineers (IRTE)

For more information, go to the HSE workplace transport website, which include illustrated case studies to help improve work sites.