The transport industry has a high rate of injuries and fatalities resulting from workers falling off trucks and trailers. The risk of falls are commonly associated with:
- vehicle design
- equipment used
- work practices
- other organisational and industry factors.
These risks should be identified and controlled by businesses operating in the road transport industry and their supply chains.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) ran a campaign to reduce fall related incidents in the transport industry and its supply chains. The main objective of the campaign was to work with industry to explore the key risks and develop practical tools and case studies to help manage these risks. Across Queensland,
30 workshops were held to discuss and promote ways for preventing falls from trucks and 145 workplace assessments were undertaken by WHSQ Inspectors.
- Industry campaign report – Preventing workers falling from trucks (PDF, 0.53 MB)
- Tool - Risk identification and action plan tool (PDF, 0.47 MB).
- Short film – Preventing workers falling from trucks
- Webinar – Preventing workers falling from trucks
- General guidance – Cab of the truck, trailers and on-site
- Short film - Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) – AAT Site driver safety
- Case study - Safe Work Australia and AAT – Preventing workers falling from trucks
Where to get help
Take advantage of the tailored, face-to-face advice provided by our Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) advisors. IPaM advisors can assist you assess your systems for preventing workers falling from trucks and advise you on how to make improvements. IPaM is free for Queensland businesses. Register for IPaM now to talk to an advisor or email for more information.