Transport safety in the workplace

Coupling and uncoupling trailers safely

Guide

Coupling and uncoupling trailers from large vehicles can be a dangerous operation. If the trailer or tractor unit moves, it can easily crush someone.

It's essential to follow safe practice, ensuring that the right brakes have been properly engaged. Even experienced drivers don't always get this right.

You should also ensure that the risks from any loading or unloading are minimised.

Remember that under health and safety law you have a responsibility for the health and safety of all employees both on and off your premises, and for all employees and others who come to your premises - such as contractors or drivers making deliveries to your premises. You need to ensure that drivers follow safe procedures wherever they are.