SafeWork NSW has issued a safety alert reminding people working with vehicles of the risks associated with uncontrolled movement.
The alert was issued due to the high number of people being seriously injured and killed annually in the state as a result of uncontrolled movement, in other words, vehicles rolling away. Vehicles include cars, trucks, buses, vans, forklifts, tractors, mobile cranes and other construction vehicles.
Most incidents occurred when drivers were not in the operator’s seat.
The safety alert reminded people that the uncontrolled movement of vehicles can happen due to a singular reason or a combination of reasons which include,
- operator not engaging the parking brake or engaging it insufficiently.
- vehicle parked on an incline.
- parking the vehicle in gear.
- insufficient inspection and maintenance of the braking system.