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Report highlights multi-drop dangers for HGV drivers

By: Dave Robbins
26 May 2017

Pressure to meet delivery deadlines and ever increasing costs are putting multi-drop HGV drivers in danger, according to a report compiled by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Entitled: ‘Multi-site delivery issues for HGVs’, the report is based on information gathered by the HSE when they completed 57 roadside checks on multi-drop HGVs. They also visited a number of distribution centres, a steel stockholder and a parcel delivery hub.

The checks revealed that vehicles were regularly loaded in drop order rather than in the safest manner. Where this occurred it can lead to partially unloaded loads becoming unstable or liable to movement. Clients are also becoming increasingly averse to the use of webbing lashings because of the time required to unleash them.

Of the 57 vehicles checked, 92% of curtain-siders were carrying either unsecured or inadequately secured loads. Out of the flatbeds checked, 66% of goods being transported had too few lashings or the lashings were in poor condition.

The report also noted a number of other issues adding to risk levels for HGV drivers. These included the rising number of kerbside deliveries where risk cannot be easily controlled and the increasing need for drivers to manually unload or re-arrange a load either by hand or using a pallet truck.

The report comments that: “there is a low level of risk awareness amongst consignors and hauliers particularly regarding the load retention properties of curtain-sided vehicles and little understanding of where the responsibility for the load lies once the original configuration has been changed. This is an area of considerable confusion for both consigners and operators in which additional clarity may be required.”
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