Systems to safely transport people and equipment in vehicles
The following safety measures can eliminate or reduce the risk of injuries when transporting people and equipment:
- Provide workers with information, instruction, training and supervision in relation to work procedures and the use of equipment.
- Have a system that includes full, accurate and up-to-date information about people being transported and their specific care needs, and information about the equipment requiring transport.
- Ensure workers are trained in the safest methods of transporting each person and/or equipment, depending on the person’s needs or the equipment being transported.
- Identify whether the person being transported has behavioural issues which may present a risk during transport.
- Have a system to assess and screen people being transported, including an assessment of occupational violence risks.
- Provide information and training on risk factors associated with occupational violence. For example, measures in place to control risk, workplace policy and procedures and emergency and post-incident responses. The WorkSafe website has information and resources about dealing with occupational violence.
- Have systems in place to inform transport providers about people being transported and their specific needs.
- Where appropriate, engage a specialist transport provider to transport the person and/or equipment.
- Make sure vehicles are suitable for transporting people and/or equipment. Two-door cars, four-wheel drive vehicles or cars with low seats might not be appropriate.
- Before transporting people or equipment, assess the departure and arrival points and identify suitable parking spaces with adequate access.
- Different activities might require multiple workers. Provide an appropriate number of workers to move people and equipment safely.
- Schedule sufficient travel time. Allow time for traffic, parking and the transfer of people or equipment.
- Ensure a backup plan is in place in case of vehicle breakdown. Make sure workers understand and can follow the backup plan.
- Provide workers accompanying people being transported with communication equipment that is tested and maintained.
- Regularly assess the working environment to check if the circumstances or the needs of the person being transported have changed, or need to change.
- Transporting people and/or equipment may require the use of a vehicle with special mechanisms or devices such as, for example, a swivel seat, height-adjustable tailgate, hoist or storage solutions. Ensure the transport vehicle has the required mechanisms and devices to safely transport the person and /or equipment.
Safely transporting equipment in vehicles
Consider the following safety measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of injuries when transporting equipment:
- Remove the need to transport equipment by hiring equipment to leave at the person’s home, or hire equipment at the destination of the person being transported.
- Select equipment that is light, foldable and easy to transport. If necessary, refer the person who requires equipment to an aid and equipment program.
- Use appropriate trolleys to transport equipment or items. Examples of appropriate trolleys include height-adjustable or fold-up trolleys with wheels large enough to roll on surfaces which may be uneven, rough or resistant, such as carpet and gravel.
- Use load restraints to stop equipment or objects moving inside the vehicle and potentially becoming projectiles.
- Use aids such as cargo barriers, car boot organisers, slide out trays and drawers to arrange, store or slide equipment into and out of vehicles.
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