Safe handling when securing loads on trucks

Safe handling

Control measures you can take if you are in the transport industry to eliminate or reduce the risks when secure loads on trailers, especially the high risk use of over-centre lever load binder (dogs) and extension bars (cheaters).

Handling gates

  • Eliminate the need for gates by using approved load bearing curtains.
  • Reduce the risk by using hanging, sliding or swinging gates that lock into the vehicle. If the gate has to be removed, place it on a solid platform that is about the same height as the truck tray.

Handling curtains

  • Eliminate the risk by using automatic curtains that are self-opening and closing.
  • Reduce the risk by making sure the curtains slide easily. When opening and closing curtains, check for tripping hazards, and walk slowly so the curtain moves smoothly.

Lashings and corner protectors

  • Eliminate the risk by using a load securing system that does not require the worker to use lashings.
  • Reduce the risk by using an elevated work platform to ensure workers do not climb onto the truck to pull straps over the load. Apply lashings and corner protectors while standing on the ground using a lightweight extension pole.

Tensioning chains and webbing

  • Eliminate the need for chains and webbing by using a truck that is custom-designed for loads.
  • Reduce the risk by using webbing straps as an alternative to chains. If chains are required, avoid using an over-centre lever load binder or an extension bar to increase chain tension. Consider using a turnbuckle or other non-rebounding tensioner.
Last updated
18 July 2018