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Trailer Safety

Trailer Safety

Recently, there have been two court cases involving trailers uncoupling from the towing wagons. One of these incidents resulted in a fatality.

As a result, we have reviewed and amended our hazard identification process and supporting safe operating procedure (SOP).

I believe that for many businesses, trailers are considered a supporting piece of equipment, and little or no consideration is given to its condition or safety features. This could also be said for those who own or borrow trailers personally – do we consider their safety?

Please click here to read section 36 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Please click here to read section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Both of these sections contain information about the responsibility and maintenance of equipment.

Some Points to Consider when it comes to Trailer Safety

The following are a few questions and pointers to consider with trailer safety:

  • Is the trailer registered as an asset on the equipment register?
  • Establish an inspection checklist and schedule for all the trailers you have in the business. Don’t forget to include the inspection of the tow ball, hitching unit, and safety chains.
  • Develop a safe operating procedure (SOP), and train your employees against the SOP.
  • Check that any safety chains or strops have been recorded, certified, and fit for purpose for the job.

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The “Trailers – Safe Use of” SOP and hazard register template can be found in the General Equipment section of our online order form – click here.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss.