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Precautions when loading/unloading lorries

Lorry loading precautionsIn addition to chocking the lorry wheels, other precautions should be observed when loading wagons. It is recommended that the following are observed:

The HSE have guidance on the safe loading/unloading of lorries which is reproduced here:

Loading and unloading can be dangerous. Heavy loads, moving or overturning vehicles and working at height can all lead to injuries or death. This guidance should be followed to help avoid problems.

Loading and unloading areas should be:

Checks must be made before unloading to make sure loads have not shifted during transit, and are not likely to move or fall when restraints are removed.

There must be safeguards against drivers accidentally driving away too early. This does happen, and is extremely dangerous. Measures could include:

These safeguards would be especially effective where there could be communication problems, for example where foreign drivers are involved.

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