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Safe work method statement - Vehicles - Lash loads with ropes

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Lashing loads with ropes

The safe loading of vehicles and restraint of loads is crucial to preventing injury to employees and other road users.

  • The vehicle and load restraint equipment intended to be used for the purpose of restraining and transporting a load should be suitable to the load.
  • Loads should be arranged to evenly distribute the mass of a load with consideration given to the restraining of a load.


Tasks associated with preventing the movement of a load using rope lashings would include:

  • Determination as to suitability of vehicle and load restraint equipment;
  • Tie down and lashing of a load using either a tie-down or direct restraint;
  • Selection and inspection of ropes to be used for the lashing of a load;
  • Securing and tensioning a rope to restrain a load and prevent its movement;
  • Securing long loads using stanchions and chain lashings;
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the immediate work area;
  • Assess risk to persons restraining a load with rope lashings.

Safety procedure includes

Motor vehicle - Lashing loads - Ropes

Motor vehicles - Lashing loads using ropes safe work method statement is a 15 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 restraining loads to the body of a motor vehicle using ropes.

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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.
  • Suitability of vehicle and load restraint equipment.
  • Load not restrained.
  • Synthetic ropes used to lash a load.
  • Inspection of ropes.
  • Determine the method by which to lash a load e.g. number of lashings.
  • Direct restraint of loads e.g. containing, blocking or attaching.
  • Tensioning a rope.
  • Containing long loads using stanchions and rope lashings.
  • 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 lashing of loads with ropes.

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