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Loading & unloading trucks
With distracted drivers threaten-
ing the roadways, we’ve never been
more aware of the dangers of driv-
ing. But for businesses that have to
load and unload heavy cargo—like
wood—even more opportunities
for accidents await once a truck has
reached its destination. Too many
serious injuries result from materi-
als falling on a driver who is too
close to a forklift.
Managers should establish and
reinforce clear procedures for
loading and unloading trucks in
order to lessen the chances of such
a devastating injury. These include:
• Establishing a loading and
unloading area that is level and
free of debris, electrical lines and
other traffic. It should also have
adequate lighting for early morn-
ing and evening, and, if possible,
should be a one-way route.
• The driver should remove
load-fastening devices, secure
the vehicle and brakes (e.g.,
chocking wheels), turn off the
engine and proceed to a “safe
zone” away from the loading/
unloading area. Consider placing
high-visibility cones around the
loading zone to notify others of
the danger/working zone.
• Only trained and qualified
employees should operate a fork-
lift, and they should receive re-
fresher training every three years.
They need to understand the
materials they are handling and
check that the load is properly
secured and has not shifted. No
other workers should be standing
on the opposite side of the truck
while the forklift is operating, and
operators must be empowered to
halt loading or unloading if someone enters the loading zone.
Your business’ electrical system
was likely built and is maintained
by a qualified, licensed electrician
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