Thursday March 22, 2018
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New HSE Reports


The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published two research reports, 'Access to and work on flatbed vehicles' and 'The use of vehicle structure in load securing on heavy goods vehicles'.

RR1079 Access to and work on flatbed vehicles

Flatbed vehicles are widely used to transport many types of goods on the road. They offer advantages over closed vehicles in terms of easy access to the load bed for loading and unloading and versatility of use.

A number of fatal or major incidents are reported to HSE and local authorities where drivers, members of the public, or site personnel have been injured during the loading and unloading of these vehicles.

This report describes a multi-disciplinary, mixed-method approach to research on this topic, comprising both quantitative and qualitative analysis, undertaken to establish contributory factors to incidents and areas of concern when accessing or working on flatbed vehicles.

It is intended that this work will help to inform industry stakeholders in developing updated guidance on safe delivery using flatbed vehicles.


RR1078  - The use of vehicle structure in load securing on heavy goods vehicles

Securing loads for safe transport is a legal requirement in the UK. It helps to protect the driver of the vehicle, other road users and pedestrians during the vehicle's journey from vehicle rollover or load detachment, and the driver and unloading personnel from the risks inherent in unloading a load that has been able to move in transit.

This report assesses the legislation applicable to the transport of goods in the UK under both road traffic and health and safety at work legislation. It assesses the guidance available to operators and consignors and the methods of securing loads that are commonly-used at present.

It is suggested that the concept of the load securing system, which comprises the structure of the vehicle, physical barriers to movement, and/or lashings, be given more prominence in current practice. In order to make effective use of the vehicle structure, it is important to ensure that the structure is in sound condition, and that vehicle headboards and bulkheads, in particular, are both strong enough to resist forward movement of the load and also maintained in serviceable condition to protect the driver from ingress of the load to the cab.



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