Loading and unloading trucks at workplaces can be hazardous, depending on the type of material being handled, nature of the task, and the weather conditions.
In January in Queensland, a truck driver suffered leg injuries when a stone slab fell from a truck. It appears the stone was secured to an ‘A’ frame with straps. Early investigations indicate that when the driver removed the straps, the stone slabs toppled and struck him.
Last month a truck driver suffered severe crush injuries when timber fell on him. Early investigations indicate the pack of timber caught onto an adjacent one when being unloaded. It caused the strapping to snap and the timber fell onto the driver.
In Queensland from 1 July 2014 to 14 February 2020, there were 63 incidents involving a crush injury sustained, or the risk of a crush injury being sustained, from objects falling off trucks. Of these, there were 38 events (60%) involving injury or illness requiring a person to have in hospital treatment.
In 2018, a timber company was fined $210,000 after a truck driver was fatally crushed while delivering product. Using a forklift, a worker was unloading from one side of the truck, with the driver releasing a loading strap out of direct sight on the other side. The forklift dislodged a load of timber which fell and crushed the truck driver.
Read the WorkCover Queensland guidance on safe handling when securing loads on trucks and download the advisory tool on securing loads.