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.
The campaigns aimed to:
- reduce work related traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders in Queensland
- identify areas of improvement
- implement new processes by working with industry.
During the campaigns, 427 workplace assessments were conducted across Queensland from 2012 – 2015. Inspectors assessed handling, loading and unloading of general freight, steel and concrete products, timber and logs, and use of gates, curtains and tie-down equipment (chains, webbing and tensioners). Securing and releasing loads using dogs and cheater bars was also a major focus.
- Safe handling when securing loads (PDF, 1.81 MB) - 2014 campaign report
- Safely securing loads of trucks film
- Safe handling when securing loads webinar
- Load restraint safety – a case study
- Work health and safety considerations when selecting a chain tensioning device (PDF, 0.37 MB)
- Safe handling when securing loads (DOCX, 1.05 MB) - High risk identification and guidance tool
- Safe handling when securing loads advisory (PDF, 0.52 MB) - 2012 campaign report
- Safe handling when securing loads advisory tool (PDF, 0.61 MB) - 2012 campaign
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 safely immobilising heavy vehicles and trailers 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.