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Safe work method statement - Vehicles - Load distribution and arrangement

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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

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.

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Motor vehicle - Load distribution

Motor vehicles - Load distribution safe work method statement is a 13 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 distributing an intended load to the body of a motor 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.
  • 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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