WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert about the importance of managing the risks associated with tip trucks and trailers following a recent fatality.
Incidents involving tipper truck and trailer rollovers continue to occur across Victorian workplaces. Most rollovers occur during tipping activities due to the instability of the truck or trailer on uneven, unstable or inclined ground.
In a recent incident, a traffic controller was fatally injured when the trailer of a tip truck rolled while unloading gravel into a culvert, the trailer was fully elevated.
The risks to persons in proximity of a truck or trailer and its fall zone can be catastrophic, and the safety alert said hazards that may contribute to instability of tipper trucks and trailers include:
The risk of a tipper truck or trailer rollover increases the higher the trailer body is elevated, and longer and larger trailers often need to be elevated higher, decreasing the stability and increasing the risk of a rollover.
To reduce the risks associated with tipper trucks and trailers becoming unstable during unloading, the alert said employers should: