Truckers take risks every day on the road. Highway accidents can happen, cargo can be lost and any other number of unique risks can occur. Liabilities don’t just start when you hit the highway, however. They begin when loading and unloading the cargo.
Tips for Smart Loading and Unloading
When you load or unload a truck, you need to stay mindful of any gaps or drops in the ground. You need to know where to step, in order not to fall with the cargo.
- Perform a maintenance check
- Stay alert
- Secure all goods
- Inspect cargo
Machines can malfunction. If you are using a forklift or any other heavy equipment, have maintenance performed ahead of time to ensure that there are no malfunctions during operation. Stay on the lookout for any hazards to the truck or those loading and unloading cargo. Potholes, debris or unstable platforms can lead to accidents.
Extra Protection for Truckers
Even if you perfect your loading and unloading trucks technique and do everything possible to mitigate the risk of an accident, there is always a chance that an accident could happen while lifting and loading cargo. If it does, occupational insurance coverage and cargo insurance can protect employees and cargo.
The more thorough you are, the less likely you are to have an accident while loading or unloading the truck. Keep yourself and your cargo safe by following safe loading tips.