Carrying a load safely
Choose a suitable vehicle
The vehicle must be suitable for the type and size of the load.
Position the load correctly
The load must be correctly positioned on the vehicle.
Use suitable load restarint equipment
The load restraint equipment and the vehicle body must be appropriate for the load to be carried and must be in good working condition.
Provide adequate load restraint
Every load must be restrained to prevent unacceptable movement during all expected conditions of operation. Load restraint equipment must comply with AS/NZS 4344 and or AS/NZS 4380.
Users must be aware that the load restraint systems will meet the required performance if the load does not shift when subjected to the forces illustrated.
Use appropriate driving methods
If the load is correctly restrained it will not shift or fall off in all expected driving conditions including a full braking stop.
A loaded vehicle is likely to drive differently to an unloaded vehicle and as such the driver must take into account any changes in the vehicles stability, steering and braking caused by the size, type and position of the load.
The driver should also check the load and its restraints during the journey. Some loads can settle and should be checked regularly.
Correct load restraint procedures will eliminate the risk associated with shifting loads.