11/20/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2023 05:14
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will focus on the safe loading and unloading of vehicles in the haulage and logistics sector as part of its recently launched 'Drive Danger Out' workplace transport safety campaign.
The focused inspections are now under way and will continue until March 2024.
HSENI Principal Inspector (Transport Team), Kellie McNamara said: "Loading and unloading of vehicles can be a particularly hazardous activity regardless of the size of the business. We see incidents involving people falling from height including from flatbed trailers, being struck by a vehicle, or moving equipment, and from being struck by falling objects.
"While the management of loading and unloading forms part of our regular inspections, over the next few months we will be placing a particular emphasis on this area of work in a positive move to reduce the number of people killed and injured in the sector."
Businesses are being asked to ensure there is always adequate provision to allow for safe loading and unloading especially in relation to uneven loads which can result in a vehicle or trailer becoming unstable.
Ms. McNamara added: "Companies must have clear signage and instructions for logistics and transport driver arriving at their site. In addition, drivers should always be provided with a safe place to wait which is located away from moving vehicles and handling equipment, while their vehicles are loaded or unloaded."
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 requires all loading and unloading activities to be risk assessed and performed by trained staff who are aware of the risks involved. Drivers should also be aware of the risk of the load, or part of the load, moving when the vehicle is in transit.
Inspectors will consider key questions, including:
During inspections, should significant risks be identified, Inspectors may take enforcement action to achieve compliance with health and safety legislation to ensure that the risks are adequately managed and reduced as far as is reasonably practicable.
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