Risk: How to pick up your game on loading safety

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Loading tips for drivers

  • Adhere to all company policies concerning the driving of vehicles, working practices and the loading of vehicles.
  • Do not overload storage systems or vehicles and follow company/supplier guidelines.
  • Do not place unsecured objects directly behind where occupants are likely to sit.
  • Place heavy objects as low as possible in the vehicle stowage area.
  • Do not place unsecured objects in the occupant compartment of the vehicle.
  • Stow tools and equipment in racking systems if provided.
  • Use appropriate tie-downs, lashing and netting to secure larger loads and equipment in the rear of the vehicle.
  • Check that tie-down points and lashing systems are not damaged or worn and repair or replace them if needed.
  • Check load restraints and lashings shortly after beginning a journey or after any heavy braking to ensure the motion of the vehicle or the settling of the load has not loosened them.
  • If you have any concerns about modifications that have been made to a vehicle, raise them with your fleet manager.

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