Here are some of the load restraint responsibilities of both the driver and the operator.

As far as the courts are concerned, the driver is responsible in any incident as they are in control of the vehicle.  As a driver, you should ensure you and your manager share the same understanding of your responsibility in regard to load restraint.

Firstly, find out whether you are employed just to drive only.  If you are employed to drive only, before you depart with the load, ensure you are in receipt of a document, which is signed by the member responsible for loading the vehicle.

It’s also a good idea to conduct a check of the load restraint used to ensure you are happy with the approach.  Don’t depart for the trip until you are satisfied.

Secondly, if you are employed to load the vehicle and drive the vehicle, ensure you load the vehicle in accordance with the Load Restraint Guide and check the load regularly throughout the trip.

Finally, if you are unsure about your responsibility, do not drive the vehicle until you clarify exactly what your role is and, if required, are in receipt of the loading document.

Remember, ultimately the court of law will always hold you responsible because you are in control of the vehicle.  Safeguard your reputation as a driver by being in control of your actions.

Load restraint training is available online (TLIA107C & TLID407C).

Latest OHS news

Asbestos is a serious and ongoing concern in Australia

Asbestos is a serious concern in Australia, affecting the lives of many and creating havoc in the...

Read more

Australian Hospitals and the Asbestos Crisis

Millions of people walk in and out of hospitals around the world every day. Some are doctors, nur...

Read more

Top 10 Deadliest Jobs in Australia

So many things can go wrong on the job. You may strain muscles and tear ligaments in any line of ...

Read more

Paralympians inspire safety at work [VIDEO]

Transcript Working at heights training and other OHS programs are vital for reducing the risk of...

Read more

What Participants Say

“In over 20 years of training, this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.”

- Queensland Rail

“Great! The instructor made it interesting and enjoyable”

- Leighton Contractors

” We heard that AlertForce delivers one of the best courses around so the boss decided to send me to Australia from New Zealand.”

- Participant Public Course

“I liked the trainer’s positive outlook and uplifting approach towards completing the long day.”

- Visionstream

“Very competent training course. Trainer was very knowledgeable on subject.”

- Servicestream

“AlertForce provided an excellent trainer,  knowledgeable on the topic and allowed for active questioning.”

- DHS

“Informative and concise training delivered at the right pace.”

- AFMA.gov.au

“The Trainer was very engaging”

- Fair Work Commission

“Interesting, informative, relevant.”

- Airservices Australia

Payments & Security

Awards & Accreditations

Make an Enquiry: