In 2012, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) conducted a campaign to help employees and employers understand the risks involved with securing and releasing loads on heavy vehicles. The campaign aimed to:
- reduce work related traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders in Queensland
- identify areas of improvement
- implement new processes by working with industry.
427 assessments were conducted across Queensland by WHSQ inspectors in 2012 and continued in 2015. 2015 assessments included, general freight, steel products, concrete products, loading and unloading of timber and logs, use of gates and curtains, tie-down equipment (chains, webbing and tensioners). Dogs and cheater bar usage while securing or releasing loads was a major focus.
The campaign also identified areas for improvement and recommendations for new processes were implemented after working with industry. An industry campaign report was released in 2016.
- Short film - Safely securing loads of trucks
- Webinar - Safe handling when securing loads webinar
- Case study - Load restraint safety – a case study
- Guidance - Work health and safety considerations when selecting a chain tensioning device (PDF, 0.37 MB)
- Report from the 2014 campaign - Safe handling when securing loads, campaign report (PDF, 1.81 MB)
- Advisory tool from the 2014 campaign (DOCX, 1.05 MB)
- Report from the 2012 campaign - Safe handling when securing loads advisory campaign (PDF, 0.52 MB)
- Advisory tool from the 2012 campaign - Use the Safe handling when securing loads advisory tool (PDF, 0.61 MB)