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.
In August 2018, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) commenced an enforcement campaign to ensure VLC owners and operators comply with relevant work health and safety and road safety requirements and have adequate controls in place to manage the risk of manually operated stabilisers and/or outriggers extending during travel.
As part of this ongoing campaign, inspectors are taking enforcement action to address unmanaged VLC risks during on-road VLC inspections and assessments of VLC-related work systems. Compliance notices have been issued and, in some cases, the use of VLCs has been prohibited until suitable risk controls were implemented.
How you can ensure your crane truck is safe
- Have two separate locking devices for each stabiliser (primary and secondary), with at least one of these locking devices operating automatically (e.g. a spring-operated cam lock and an automatic spring latch).
- Have working locking devices – no faults.
- Have a secondary lock fitted if the VLC only has a primary lock.
- Have properly maintained stabilisers.
- Ensure your crane truck is only operated by competent persons.
- If fitted, ensure alarms and visual devices are working.
- It is strongly recommended to have visual and audible alarms in the cabin.
Further information on the safe use of vehicle loading cranes can be found in the:
- Vehicle loading crane stabiliser safety (Video)
- Vehicle loading cranes workshop 2019(Webinar)
- VLC safety alert
- Mobile Crane Code of Practice 2006 (PDF, 1.34 MB)
- Vehicle loading cranes self-assessment tool (PDF, 0.25 MB)
- Australian Standard, AS 2550.11: Cranes, hoists and winches - safe use Part 11: Vehicle-loading cranes.
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