One of the most hazardous activities for drivers – apart from driving – is the loading and unloading of goods.
According to SafeWork Australia, over the 10 year period from 2003 to 2012, incidents that occurred while loading or unloading a vehicle accounted for 15% of the truck-related fatalities (120 out of 787 deaths) and 20% of off-road fatalities. Repair and maintenance activities accounted for 7% of deaths.
Of the 120 victims, 88 people (74%) were truck drivers or occupants, with the remainder being workers who were working on or around a truck at the time.
Similarly, a European study found the three main causes of accidents while loading and unloading were:
- Falls from vehicle, platforms and while loading.
- Being struck or run over by moving vehicles (even on an incline of only 2%)
- Or being struck by falling objects or loads.