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Date PostedMay 30, 2013

Hazards Associated with Loading and unloading Vehicles on Site

Hazards associated with loading and unloading of vehicle on construction sites often affect the driver or operator of the vehicle more than anyone else.

While trucks play a vital role on construction sites they can present a hazard that workers as well as drivers need to be aware of.

The greatest concern for construction workers related to trucks on site is the danger that these vehicles may crash into objects and people or topple over, crushing people in the process. This is why loading and unloading should only be done on solid, firm and even surfaces and the truck should be loaded evenly to prevent it from capsizing. It is also why a good traffic management plan should be developed and practiced on every construction site.

Because trucks on site often load and unload several times a day onto the same area to create elevated surfaces known as stockpiles, there is a good chance of them tipping over.Drivers loading and unloading their trucks on these elevated or uneven surfaces are at risk of a roll over.

The dump truck operating on unstable ground created by a stockpile can cause fatal accidents.It is best to dump a load at least one truck length away from the pile, however not all drivers stick to this rule.

Adverse weather conditions are another concern for vehicles that load and unload because they can make the ground even more unstable. Rainy and wet conditions can cause landslides on stockpiles. Pedestrians should remain clear of stockpiles while trucks are dumping as drivers cannot see what’s happening behind the truck and a number of pedestrians have been run over in this manner in the past.

Always remember to:

  • Drive cautiously especially when carrying a load and look out for pedestrians.
  • Reduce Speed in Poor Travelling Conditions and stick to the site’s speed limits and routes designed for vehicles.
  • Beware of pedestrians, remain in the correct zoned areas
  • And abide by truck load limitations to avoid capsizing


Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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