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At Edcon Steel, the safety of our customers, staff and the wider community is our number one priority.
Teaching our community about safe loading practices is one way we can do our bit to reduce the risk of injury associated with loading cars, utes and trucks with our products.
That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide, to help you transport your Edcon products safely.
While the team at Edcon Steel endeavours to make our steel stores as safe as possible, we are not responsible for our customers’ vehicles and loading practices.
In order to protect yourself, and other people, it is essential that you maintain a safe loading area. All Edcon Steel customers must ensure that the vehicle they are loading is at a complete stop, the handbrake is engaged and all items in the vehicle are stabilised before loading.
It is also essential that the surrounding area is safe for loading. Before loading, make sure you park in a marked and designated parking space or loading area and have checked the surrounding area for potential hazards.
And remember, Edcon Steel car parks can be busy, so make sure you are paying attention to other cars, utes and trucks in the surrounding area!
The act of simply lifting products into a vehicle is one of the most common causes of workplace injury in our industry, particularly when products are particularly large, heavy or sharp. From sprains and strains to bruises and cuts, failure to use safe lifting practices can cause injury.
Safe lifting checklist:
Driving without securing your load safely not only poses a dangerous risk to you and other drivers but is a fineable offence. In NSW, unsecured and overhanging loads carry a whopping $439 fine and the loss of three demerit points per offence!
That’s why safe loading practices are not completed until all your products are safe and secure in your vehicle!
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Remember, it is your responsibility as the driver to ensure that you safely secure the load before departure – this includes compliance with overhang limits.
When purchasing products from Edcon Steel it is not uncommon to have particularly heavy items or items that are extremely long, and overhang limits differ depending on the vehicle, so check our safe loading guide if you’re not sure.
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