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Safe work method statement - Heavy vehicle - Couple and uncouple multiple trailers

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Coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers to a prime mover

The driver of the prime mover undertakes the coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers with a dolly converter to and from a prime mover.

  • Coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers to and from a prime mover involves the connection and disconnection of a dolly converter, trailers and associated air, hydraulic and electrical lines, etc.

Tasks

Tasks associated with the coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers with a dolly converter to and from a prime mover would include:

  • Pre-operational inspection of prime mover;
  • Operation of prime mover under all conditions e.g. reversing (spotter duties);
  • Activation of audible and visual alarms fitted to the vehicle;
  • Inspection of trailers/dolly converter prior to coupling to prime mover;
  • Coupling of trailers to prime mover e.g. dolly converter;
  • Operational inspection of a trailers braking system;
  • Inspection of coupling connections e.g. trailers, dolly and prime mover;
  • Pre-transit check of prime mover, trailers and dolly converter;
  • Uncoupling of multiple trailers from a prime mover;
  • Uncoupling of dolly converter;
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the immediate work area;
  • Assess risk to persons coupling and uncoupling multiple trailers from a prime mover.

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Heavy vehicle - Coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers

Heavy vehicle - Coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers safe work method statement is a 17 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers from a heavy vehicle.
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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Pre-operational inspection of a prime mover intended to be used for the coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers.
  • Operation of a prime mover for the coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers.
  • Inspection of trailers and dolly converter prior to coupling to a prime mover.
  • Coupling of trailers with a dolly converter to a prime mover.
  • Operational inspection of a trailers braking system.
  • Inspection of the coupling connection between the trailers, dolly converter and prime mover.
  • Towing of multiple trailers without undertaking a pre-transit check.
  • Uncoupling of multiple trailers from prime mover.
  • Uncoupling of dolly converter.
  • Manual handling issues.
  • Personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Training requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for coupling and uncoupling of multiple trailers from a prime mover.

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