An ongoing campaign by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Department of Transport and Main Roads is continuing to improve industry compliance with vehicle loading cranes.
In 2018-19, more than 1000 assessments were carried outto help stamp out the fatalities, serious injuries and extensive property damage caused when manually operated stabilisers on vehicles fitted with a VLC have unintentionally extended during travel on public roads.
Inspectors from both agencies conducted the assessments at weighbridges and by the roadside, with follow-up assessments at workplaces. Key campaign findings showed:
- 182 VLCs relied on one locking device (no secondary lock)
- 160 VLCs had ineffective locking devices, including unsecured stabiliser, stabilisers restrained by an unrated chain or strap and damaged or missing locking mechanisms
- 204 VLC stabilisers had not been properly maintained.
If you own or operate a VLC with manually operated stabilisers you must ensure:
- each stabiliser is equipped with a separate locking device (a primary and secondary locking mechanism) and at least one of these must be automatically operated (a spring-operated cam lock and an automatic spring latch)
- locking devices on stabilisers are fully operational with no faults
- VLCs are properly maintained (including stabilisers)
- operators of VLCs are competent to operate stabilisers
- VLCs have fitted and working visual and audible alarms.
While COVID-19 may have some impact on compliance activities, the VLC assessments are scheduled to continue until August 2020.
Further information on safe use of VLCs, including a self-assessment tool, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au.