A new guide to assist employers controlling sites where coupling and uncoupling of large goods vehicles takes place has been produced. Its purpose is to provide a good practice guide to reduce the likelihood of serious and fatal incidents that are all too commonplace.
The guide identifies how fatalities or serious injuries occur because drivers fail to follow safe procedures where trucks and trailers may be involved in ‘runaway’ or ‘rollaway’ movements. Different types of trailers are described and drivers are provided with a useful good practice coupling/uncoupling checklist.
It explains the workings of truck and trailer braking systems and also highlights the legal duties imposed on employers to have in place arrangements to manage health and safety risks, including the carrying out of suitable and sufficient risk assessments. Businesses need to be very mindful of this given the significant increase in H&S fines and other penalties from 1st February 2016, when the new Sentencing Guideline for such offences was brought into force.
This is a free guide that all operators, transport managers and drivers should read and understand. It will also be a useful training tool.