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Keep your people safe from moving vehicles when loading and unloading 1

25 Jul 2017 -
Despite the many measures taken, loading and unloading procedures are still incorrectly followed. Heavy machinery falls from loading ramps, causing terrible, life-altering injuries. In worst-case scenarios, these accidents end in fatalities. 

These recurring onsite personnel safety issues are commonly referred to as Loading, Unloading Exclusion Zone incidents or LUEZ for short. According to WorkCover Queensland, there are more than 200 serious LUEZ incidents in the construction industry yearly. This frequency of injury or death due to Loading, Unloading Exclusion Zone incidents is far too high. With the best practice methods below, you can empower your staff for greater on-site safety and avoid mobile plant related accidents. 

Loading, Unloading Exclusion Zone: moving personnel away from the area 
One of the simplest ways to avoid Loading, Unloading Exclusion Zone injuries is to decide where your hazard zones begin and end with a full risk assessment of your working area. The next step is to move people away from the hazard area when loading or unloading is occurring. During the loading/unloading process, large, heavy and hazardous items could fall and cause injury or death to those within the vicinity. By moving anyone who doesn’t need to be in the area away from the danger zone, you’re mitigating risk and decreasing the likelihood of a LUEZ accident. If you’re the manager or safety officer of a worksite, it will be your responsibility to ensure that during the loading/unloading process, personnel who don’t need to be in the danger area stay segregated from it.