Workplace transport in ports and docks
Every year accidents involving transport result in people being killed or seriously injured. People fall off vehicles, or are struck or crushed by them. Many different people drive in docks – this includes drivers from a number of different employers and members of the public. Not all of these drivers will be familiar with the dock environment.
Typical workplace transport hazards in ports
- Movement of vehicles and other plant on and around the dock
- Loading and unloading of vehicles
- Unsecured loads on vehicles
- Trailer coupling and uncoupling in the dock and on the ship
- Unsegregated vehicle/pedestrian access, eg ro-ro bridges and vessel ramps
- Reversing vehicles throughout the dock including adjacent to open quay edges
- Movement of vehicles in cargo storage areas, vehicle parks, ships’ holds and quaysides
- Use of vehicles with limited visibility, including straddle carriers and reach stackers
Which laws apply?
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Port Skills and Safety website for guidance on: