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