Unsurprisingly, due to the risk of injury or death, there are laws which regulate the restraining of loads. For Jurisdictions covered by the Heavy Vehicle National Law (QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and TAS). The requirements of the Law are spelt out in Schedule 7 of the Mass dimension and Loading Regulations Heavy Vehicle (Mass, Dimension and Loading) National Regulation – Queensland Legislation – Queensland Government.
The corresponding Legislation in both Western Australia and Northern territory specify similar requirements for restraining loads.
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Given that heavy vehicles are often workplaces the provisions of state-based workplace safety legislation apply and employers have a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for their workers and contractors. This includes:
As a worker you have a duty of care to make sure you work in a manner that is not harmful to your health and safety or the health and safety of others SafeWork Australia can advise you on work and health and safety obligations.
Primary Duty under the Heavy Vehicle National Law
The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) places a primary duty on any person who is considered part of the Chain of Responsibility (COR) to do everything reasonably practicable to ensure their transport activities are safe.
Employ a heavy vehicle driver (employer)
Engage someone to drive a heavy vehicle under a contract for services (prime contractor)
Direct the control and use of a heavy vehicle (operator)
Schedule the transport of goods and passengers in a heavy vehicle, or schedule a driver’s work and rest hours (scheduler)
Consign goods for transport by a heavy vehicle (consignor)
Receive goods delivered by a heavy vehicle (consignee)
Pack or assemble goods for transport in a heavy vehicle (packer)
Manage premises where five or more heavy vehicles are loaded or unloaded each day (loading
Load a heavy vehicle (loader)
Unload a heavy vehicle (unloader)
You are a CoR party because of a function you perform, not because of a title or job description, or the
words of a contract. If you engage in any of the above activities, you or your business are accountable for heavy vehicle safety according to your primary duty.
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Under the HVNL, the term ‘safety’ includes
Mass, dimension and loadings regulations stipulate that
The regulations then go on to discuss loading performance standards for restraining a load on a heavy vehicle. The loading performance standards will be discussed in greater depth in lesson 1.4