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.
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.
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.
The course has both theory and practical application of correct loading and load restraint techniques.
Load Unload goods/cargo TLID2004