Health and Safety Executive

Load safety

Vehicles roll

Rolled vehicle
  • Even heavy loads shift.
  • Vehicles can roll over, in serious cases of load shift the vehicle can become unstable and overturn.
  • HGVs are vulnerable to rollover because they have a higher centre of gravity than a car.
  • Loads often shift under braking or turning, because the forces exerted can be surprisingly high even at low speed.
  • Curtains and box sided vehicles may stop the load falling out during transport but without the proper restraint the load can move inside the trailer.