Transport safety in the workplace

Avoid falls from vehicles

Guide

Falls from vehicles are a common cause of injuries. To help protect your employees you should look at the dangers they face as part of your regular risk assessments. This may include falls from delivery vehicles or from vehicles used within your premises.

The safest course of action is to eliminate the need to climb onto vehicles in the first place - by providing a loading platform, for instance.

Where climbing onto a vehicle is unavoidable, you can reduce the risks by using suitable access equipment such as walkways with guard rails. Restrict access to people who must be there.

You should ensure that drivers, other employees and visitors understand safety practices. These include only carrying passengers on suitable vehicles and forbidding jumping onto a moving vehicle.

Read the Health & Safety Executive guide on avoiding falls from workplace vehicles.