Load Restraint

Load Restraint

Is your company sending out unsafe loads?

Improperly restrained loads have the potential to cause damage to company or third property, or tragically to cause injury or even death.

Under Chain of Responsibility legislation, Owners Consignors, Packers, Loaders, Drivers, Operators, Receivers and the Employers or Managers of a business may all be liable for load restraint breaches.

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Penalties for load restraint breaches

Penalties vary depending on the severity of the breach:

Minor risk breach:
An unsecured load that does not involve danger to a person, or the risk of damage to property or the environment. Penalty (1st offence): Individuals $1,250; Corporations $5,000.

Substantial risk breach:
An unsecured load that poses a danger to people, property or the environment.
Penalty (1st offence): Individuals $2,500; Corporations $10,000.

Severe risk breach:
An unsecured load that causes harm to people, or damage to property or the environment.
Penalty (1st offence): Individuals $5,000; Corporations $20,000.

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Legal obligations

Companies should have appropriate policies and procedures in place for load restraint. Staff should receive appropriate training in how to load a vehicle and secure the load in accordance with the Load Restraint Guide.

How Allan Miller Transport Training can help

We offer a comprehensive load restraint training course for drivers and loaders covering:

  • WH&S Responsibilities and Regulations
  • Use of the Load Restraint Guide
  • Axle Mass Limits
  • Load Placement
  • Forces of a load
  • Restraining the Load
  • Securing devices

The course has both theory and practical application of correct loading and load restraint techniques.