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Transport and storage industry interventions and campaigns

Managing the risks to food delivery drivers

The food delivery industry involves the order and delivery of food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and food outlets to members of the public by delivery drivers and riders.

Food delivery workers commonly work for food outlets (restaurants and shops) and businesses that operate a food delivery service platform (such as a mobile app), receiving and assigning orders to drivers.

If you are a business that uses or employs delivery drivers either directly or via an app, you have a health and safety responsibility to ensure their safety at work.

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Tyre safety campaign

Tyres can pose risks to workers and others throughout their lifecycle, particularly when heavy vehicles are part of business operations. During 2021-22 Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will focus on tyre safety in a number of industries to raise awareness of the risks associated with handling and storing tyres and improve industry practices.

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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 vehicles

Vehicle roll-away incidents pose grave risks to workers and others and unfortunately continue to occur across all industry sectors.

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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