Are you an employee in general haulage & warehousing or wholesale and retail liquids? While every delivery is made in each particular sector, the drivers are exposed to potential hazards that might arise from several things.
According to the HSE road haulage safety, nearly 60 employees are killed, and an estimated 5000 are injured in haulage and distribution over the course of 5 years.
Health and safety legislation is considered lengthy paperwork with red tapes, expenses and jaded rules that are difficult to understand. So, the below information is provided to help all the employers on the road businesses and our FleetSpeak readers to understand easily & do a better job of ensuring the health and safety legislation at work.
Managing health and safety legislation
Understanding the fundamental sorts of things that eventually lead to an injury or ill-health can help you find the activities most likely to lead to harmful consequences. Rather than getting overwhelmed by the maze of laws, follow these steps to get yourself well complied with health and safety legislation.
Possible deaths at work
Almost all deaths arise from these five fundamental reasons.
- Getting hit by a moving vehicle
- Falling of the loads
- Falls from the vehicles
- Collapsing of vehicles
- Overturning of Vehicles
What will you do?
The answer is simple pre-assessment. Pre-assessment can prevent many of these accidents by examining the potential hazards and removing them by taking necessary practical steps before the unfortunate consequences.
You can find a bundle of resources in the form of written guidance for managing risk and risk assessment at work to make the process easier.
Health and safety legislation checklist
The following list applies to all the lorry drivers and employees who work at depots and delivery stations. Read the below rules to determine whether you are doing enough to make sure the risk at drive stations and sites is adequately controlled.
Workplace Transportation Precautions List
- Drivers should have a near & safe place to wait while loading and unloading the cargo.
- The security staff should be well aware of the moving vehicle dangers and precautions.
- Reversing should be minimized. If not possible, take precautions such as applying CCTV, vehicle mirrors or a trained guide.
- Must have a transparent one-way system to load and unload. (avoid excess vehicles and pedestrians to reduce potential hazards.
- The driver arriving at the site should be well aware of where to park & who to contact at the premises.
- The vehicle routes must be sharp and wide enough to maintain correctly. It’s also important to know the authority behind this.
- Make sure all the FLT drivers are well trained, certified and regularly monitored.
- Check the conditions of all the FLTs. (should be kept sound and well working)
- The driver should know the basic how-tos to face standard protocols.
- Consider having alarms that sound when the handbrake is left off. (A considerable amount of drivers are killed each year due to the left off hand brake when parked.)
- Check if the drivers are well-rehearsed and competent while working.
- Consider using stabilizers while operating lorry-mounted cranes.
Possible Fall Precautions List
- Know which work goes at height, such as roof work, high-level storage, painting and work in warehouse racking.
- Does the company provide safe access?
- Sheeting operations should be provided with as little climbing on the lorries as possible.
- Guardrails must be fitted on the upper deck of vehicle transporters.
- Time-to-time inspection is required to maintain all the necessary equipment types, i.e., straps, ropes, curtains, nets, sheets, etc.
- The company should also provide safe access for bulk storage of diesel tanks.
- Steps fitted at necessary positions for proper use.
- Yards should be: well lit, evenly surfaced. Free of sleeping hazards.
- Steps used for vehicle and cab access are kept in good condition.
Manual Handling Precautions List
- All the manual handling tasks should be identified and eliminated as soon as possible.
- Mechanical aids and training must be carried out for all the remaining charges.
- The opening and closing of the trailer curtains should be of safe means.
- Better to have systems for: Shifted load in transit, bulging load deals.
- All the drivers should be familiar with loading and unloading procedures at work.
- You and your drivers must know these hazards and rules that should be abid at customer sites.
If you are driving in icy conditions, we advise you to stay updated on the weather forecast about the potential danger zones and consider whether the journey is worth an unfortunate accident’s health and wealth cost. You can consult our article on ‘How to drive on ice-10 Rules Before Driving on Icy Conditions‘ to read the necessary health and safety legislation precautions.