Introduction to this document

Unloading vehicles on a construction site

If the unloading of vehicles on a construction site is not carried out correctly, it could lead to accidents involving serious personal injuries as well as goods/property damage.

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with the safe unloading of vehicles and the appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Unloading of Vehicles on a Construction Site. It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level. You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow are decided upon the principle of “so far as is reasonably practicable”.

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found when unloading vehicles on sites your staff work on.

Note. This risk assessment only deals with the generic risks associated with vehicle unloading. As vehicles and their loads differ in size, type and function, you should ensure that your assessment reflects the situation in your workplace.