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Transport and storage industry interventions and campaigns

Do you own or are licenced to operate a vehicle loading crane?

A vehicle loading crane (VLC) is a crane mounted on a vehicle for the purpose of loading and unloading that vehicle.

Several fatalities, serious injuries and extensive property damage have occurred on public roads as a result of stabilisers and/or outriggers on VLCs unintentionally extending during travel.

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Safely immobilising heavy vehicles and trailers

Unsafe heavy vehicle and trailer immobilisation has caused numerous fatalities, serious injuries and significant property damage when heavy vehicles roll away or move unintentionally.

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Onsite traffic management project

On-site traffic management (OSTM) is a significant safety issue across all types of industries. If OSTM risks are not properly managed, pedestrians may be seriously injured or killed.

In 2020 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted an OSTM campaign focussed on OSTM systems for high risk workplaces where mobile plant (e.g. forklifts, motor vehicles) operate near pedestrians.

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Preventing falls from trucks

The transport industry has a high rate of injuries and fatalities resulting from workers falling off trucks and trailers. The risk of falls is commonly associated with:

  • vehicle design
  • equipment used
  • work practices
  • behaviour
  • other organisational and industry factors.

These risks should be identified and controlled by businesses operating in the road transport industry and their supply chains.

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Safe handling when securing loads on trucks campaign

In 2012 and 2014-15, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted two campaigns to help employees and employers understand the risks involved with securing and releasing loads on heavy vehicles.

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Past campaigns