Spot checks on hundreds of vehicles will be taking place in the next coming weeks. These spot checks are in support of a new drive to ensure that loads are being transported securely between destinations.
The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) new load safety campaign is focused on trying to reduce the number of deaths and injuries linked to workplace transport.
Loading and unloading materials and goods accounts for one in five workplace transport incidents. Many of these incidents result from loads not being properly loaded and restrained. Unsafe loads on vehicles injure more than 1200 people a year and cost UK businesses millions of pounds in damaged goods and materials.
There will be eight days of spot checks at different locations across the North West, with officers from the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) inspecting the loads of vehicles that have been pulled over at random.
Similar spot checks took place in April last year (2009) with close to 80% of loads found not to be sufficiently restrained. Drivers and businesses who are found to have unsafe loads face fines or even risk having their vehicle ordered off the road.
Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we feel this issue is very important. We ensure that our wagons are loaded and unloaded correctly in order to ensure that no one is put at risk of injury.