This guide provides health and safety information for road freight transport operators.

WorkCover’s Focus on Industry Program has identified road freight transport as one of the state’s high-risk industries, with a high number of injuries and illnesses. Together with the industry and wider community, this program aims to reduce workers’ exposure to workplace hazards, raise awareness of wellness issues, and improve return to work outcomes for injured workers.

The key issues the industry faces include:

  • manual handling of freight
  • falls
  • securing loads
  • onsite traffic management
  • wellness
  • returning to work after an injury.

Use the online checklist to measure how well you manage these issues, and implement the solutions outlined in this guide to eliminate or minimise any risks you identify. On average, 10 truck drivers are killed on NSW roads every year. As a transport operator, cooperation of others in the supply chain is essential for the safety of your workers during pick-up and delivery of freight. Use this guide to show other businesses they have a responsibility to work with you to ensure everyone is safe.