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Vehicle loading cranes audit campaign ramps up

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Department of Transport and Main Roads recently completed a series of weighbridge and roadside assessments of vehicle loading cranes. The assessments were part of a response to several serious incidents involving failed or incorrectly stowed outriggers on trucks fitted with VLCs.

To date there have been over 300 assessments of VLCs, with inspectors identifying a significant number of non-compliance issues, many creating a risk that stabilisers could extend during travel. These issues include:

  • VLCs with only one stabiliser locking device and no secondary locking mechanism
  • VLC operator not competent to use the stabilisers
  • stabilisers not secured due to faulty or damaged locking device
  • no maintenance on the stabilisers (damaged, with oil leaks)
  • stabilisers secured by non-rated (electrical wire) straps due to faulty or damaged locks
  • stabiliser alarms by-passed due to faulty locks.

So far, inspectors have issued over 90 statutory notices to PCBUs and owners of VLCs. That number is likely to increase when a second round of roadside and weighbridge assessments kicks off next month. Work health and safety inspectors will also visit around 400 workplaces with a focus on how PCBUs and VLC owners are managing the risk of unintentional extending of stabilisers during travel.

In the last decade there have been three fatalities, a number of serious injuries, and extensive property damage on Queensland roads when VLC stabilisers extended during travel. The audit campaign responds to what is a clear need to educate operators and enforce the safe use and operation of VLC stabilisers and outriggers in this state.

More information

More information is at worksafe.qld.gov.au

Last updated
31 October 2018

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