Safe work method statement - Vehicles - Load distribution and arrangement
Load distribution and arrangement
The distribution and arrangement of loads is critical to ensuring a vehicles stability, steering and braking is maintained during the operation of the vehicle, and that the vehicles tyres and axles are not overloaded.
- A load should be packed, located and restrained in such a manner that it is without risk to persons loading and unloading it.
- The person in charge of the loading and the driver are responsible for ensuring a load is correctly positioned on a vehicle.
Tasks associated with the distribution and arrangement of loads to be transported by a vehicle would include:
- Determination as to suitability of vehicle and load restraint equipment;
- Positioning of a load on a vehicle and/or trailer, uniformly distributing the mass of the load to the vehicle;
- Selection and positioning of dunnage to support a load intended to be transported by a vehicle;
- Conduct a hazard identification of the immediate work area and the task;
- Assess risk to persons loading and arranging the distribution of loads to a vehicle.
Safety procedure includes
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.
- Positioning of load on a vehicle and/or trailer.
- Selection and positioning of dunnage to support a load.
- 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 distribution and arrangement of loads.
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