Commodities / Loads

Two major factors influence this risk area. The most obvious is high hazard dangerous goods (e.g. poisons, explosives). The second risk is the less obvious load stability factor. A major contributing factor to high value roll-over/tip-over crashes can often be traced to the instability of loads.

Negative Positive
High % of dangerous goods hauled Palletized goods in a rigid trailer.
Low % of dangerous goods hauled but employees not properly trained. Best Practice hazardous transport training for all employees.
Delivery of bulk material in unstable ground. All freight is consolidated at a transport facility by company employees.
Intermodal containers or any shipping vehicle NOT loaded under the control of the transporting company. No off

  • All dangerous goods involved in the transport, handling, or administration of loads must receive best practice training that includes a minimum of material identification (UN standard), safe handling instruction, initial emergency response, and shipping paper instructions.
  • Equip all vehicles with blocking and bracing tools to stabilize loads.
  • Use only experience drivers to deliver dump/tipper loads in areas with other than hard surfaces. Experienced driver will understand the inherent tip-over risk associated with the rising centre of gravity on unstable ground.