Road haulage can be an industry fraught with danger when an inexperienced or “cowboy” block haulage company cuts corners or ignores basic health and safety measures. We urge any homeowner or company to choose their brick haulage firm carefully, as if you choose an accident-prone provider, there’s a high-likelihood you’ll be inconvenienced in some way or another. For example, they might damage the goods you’re paying them to transport.
Below, we’ve run through some of the guidelines that HSE (Health & Safety Executive) issues every block haulage company from Hampshire to the far reaches of Scotland. With nearly 50 years’ experience within the road haulage sector, we’ve made a habit of following them closely, and this approach is reflected in our immaculate track record.
Each and every block haulage company in Hampshire and further afield throughout the UK needs to be aware of the most common causes of injury and fatality in the road haulage sector. The vast majority of injuries can be placed within the four following categories:
The majority of accidents occur during the loading/unloading stages of brick haulage, so it’s essential that all staff are especially careful during these phases, going about their work in a careful and methodical manner. We regularly launch risk assessments to see how we can improve health and safety within our Hampshire operations, and have found that by keeping a clean and organised site around our road haulage vehicles during loading, and by investing heavily in ongoing staff development, we’ve effectively minimised the risk of the accidents listed above occurring while carrying out work around Hampshire.
Elaborating on the above, HSE made an extensive, in-depth health and safety checklist for road haulage companies to consult. As a seasoned veteran within Hampshire’s road haulage industry, we’re well acquainted with it, and have used it to ensure we’re “watertight” when it comes to health and safety. The full list features 30 long form questions covering workplace transport risks, risk of falling and manual handing risks.
Below, we’ve listed just a handful of points that can be taken from said questions, to demonstrate the importance of choosing a reputable and above-board company as your brick haulage provider, like Steward Transport (we cover Hampshire and all of the wider UK).
As mentioned before, these are just a few points that it’s important for block haulage specialists to take into account. For more information about how we ensure we provide a safe and risk-free service to our Hampshire clients, give us a call.