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Safe work method statement - Vehicles - Unload loads and release of restraints

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Unloading of loads and release of restraints

The method of unloading loads and release of restraints used to restrain a load on a vehicle during transit is crucial to preventing injury to employees.

  • The release of load restraint equipment and the unloading of loads from a vehicle should be undertaken in a controlled manner such as to not cause injury.
  • The unloading of a vehicle at a workplace shall be undertaken within a designated area with access to unauthorised persons prohibited e.g. barricades, signage, etc.

Tasks

Tasks associated with the unloading of a load from a vehicle would include:

  • Determination as to suitability of vehicle and load restraint equipment;
  • Release of tie-down lashings and direct restraint lashings;
  • Operation of tensioner assemblies when releasing the tension on lashings;
  • Means by which to unload a load from a vehicle e.g. manually, forklift, etc;
  • Loading and re-distribution of loads to remain on a vehicle and/or trailer;
  • Storage and securing of lashing assemblies, dunnage, tarpaulins, etc;
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the immediate work area and the task;
  • Assess risk to persons unloading a load from a vehicle.

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Motor vehicle - Unloading of loads

Motor vehicles - Unloading of loads safe work method statement is a 14 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 unloading a load from 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.
  • Area at a workplace where it is proposed to unload a vehicle.
  • Release of tension on lashing assemblies and unloading of a load from a vehicle.
  • Loading and distribution of loads to remain on a vehicle.
  • Storage and securing of lashing assemblies, dunnage, tarpaulins, etc.
  • 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 unloading of loads and release of lashings.

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