Safe Loading

Find a variety of driving aids designed to assist the driver when loading a vehicle, ensuring you and your drivers meet the required safety standards. Loads should always be secured safely and arranged to prevent sliding or falling, which can lead to injuries or damage to your vehicle or load. It’s important that you and your drivers obtain the correct equipment for the type of load they plan to carry. 

Our wide range of safe loading equipment includes -

  • Vehicle height measuring poles
  • Safe loading poles and attachments 
  • Edge protectors
  • Lashing straps

At Tachodisc, you’ll find a variety of safety equipment including PPE, first aid & accident kits, and ADR equipment

View our range of safe loading equipment below:

Tips for loading & unloading 

When loading a vehicle it is essential to check for anything loose that may fall off, how stable the load is, whether the load can topple over, and the condition of the load-securing equipment such as lashing straps.

According to Gov if the driver has not loaded the vehicle, operators are required to inform the driver of the following information:

  • The loads they carry
  • How to unload
  • What they should do if the load shifts

This enables the safety of both the driver and other road users. 

Before unloading the vehicle, it is essential to check for shifted loads, as this could be a potentially dangerous situation that will need to be reviewed by an assessor, to assess best how to unload.

FAQ

What is safe loading?

Securing a safe load should be a priority for all road users. Whether using a seatbelt to protect a family member or a lorry transporting goods to a destination. Safe loading is vital to prevent goods from falling onto roads and causing danger to other road users. It also ensures that the load arrives at their destination free from damage. Safe loading allows the driver to complete their journey knowing they can unload safely too. 

Who is responsible for safe loading?

It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the load they are carrying is secure to the vehicle. It is a legal responsibility and should be checked during their daily walk around prior to operating the vehicle. The driver should ask these questions to ensure the load is safe and secure:

  • the load can slide or topple forward or back?
  • the load can slide or topple off the side?
  • the load is unstable?
  • the load securing equipment is in good condition?
  • there is anything loose that might fall off the load or vehicle?
  • the load security or stability presents an immediate risk of injury?

If you answer yes or aren’t sure about a load, you should resecure it until you are satisfied it is safe.

What are the methods of load restraint?

There are a number of methods you can use to restrain your load correctly. Each one works effectively for different types of loads.

  • Cam buckle straps
  • Ratchet straps & lashing straps
  • Load binders
  • Tie-down rope

What are the risks of unsafe loading?

The safe loading and unloading of vehicles are a crucial step in a driver’s pre-journey checklist. Unsafe loading comes with various risks to the driver of the vehicle and other road users. Firstly, if an unsecured load shifts, it makes it more difficult to unload automatically. It may have to be unloaded manually, which puts someone at risk. If a vehicle is in motion when a load shifts, it can also cause the vehicle to roll overbalanced and overturn. There’s also a possibility of the load becoming damaged if it falls or shifts inside the vehicle. 

What is the fine for overloading or an unsecured load?

While substantial fines for overloading and unsecured loads are rare, many drivers face a fixed penalty notice from £100 to £300 dependent on how overweight the vehicle is. If an overload exceeds 30%, the authorities my report the driver with a view to prosecution. Which is why safe loading and correct weight is checked before starting your journey.