A recent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) e-Bulletin, shows the number of fatal accidents caused while working on incorrectly supported vehicles since 2019, and information on staying safe in this working environment.
HSE is aware of at least 8 fatal accidents since 2019, due to work being carried out on incorrectly supported vehicles or cabs.
In order to stay safe whilst working on vehicles, HSE states the following:
Never work beneath a vehicle that is only supported on jacks:
- Use axle stands that are in good condition and inspected every year
- Use stands on firm, level ground and securely located under a strong point on the vehicle
- Securely chock wheels remaining on the ground
- Do not exceed the rated capacity of the stand
Never work beneath a cab or tipping trailer unless it is propped:
- Always prop cabs, trailers etc that could drop under their own weight
- The prop should be locked in position before gaining access
- If there is no prop fitted, or if one is fitted but you are unsure it will be effective, provide your own
Never crawl beneath a vehicle fitted with air suspension unless it is properly supported:
- Prevent movement of air suspension, either by using suitably rated props or stands to prevent the chassis lowering or by deflating the system
- Don’t tamper with the ride height for the purpose of recovery or repair