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Road transport has an injury rate significantly higher than other industry sectors, with the most serious injury claims arising from body stressing and falls.

Livestock transport workers are particularly at risk, due to falling during the loading, checking and unloading of stock. This health and safety risk can be reduced by the safe design, selection and maintenance of livestock crates and trailers, as well as the use of safe work methods (PDF 145kb).

The safe design, installation and maintenance of livestock yards, ramps and gates at stockyards and abattoirs is also important in preventing workplace injuries. Safe working methods enable employers, stockyard owners/operators and livestock transporters the opportunity to implement best practice injury prevention (PDF 142kb).


SafeWork SA Catalogue

Further resources can be accessed from SafeWork SA's Library catalogue

Industry engagement

From June 2015 SafeWork SA is visiting stockyards and abattoirs to remind stock handlers and transporters of the risk of falls from livestock crates, trailers and ramps as well as available solutions.

Key industry stakeholders are being consulted to help improve safety outcomes for the sector, aligning with South Australia's Strategic Plan to reduce injuries in the workplace by 50% by 2022. Findings from the project will inform future engagement with the road freight and livestock industries.

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Hazard Alerts

Among other hazards, SafeWork SA has developed Hazard Alerts on:

  • Three point linkage connections
  • Transport of flammable gas cylinders
  • Truck tipping and tilting trays
  • Vehicle hoists
  • Working near mobile plant
  • Working under elevated motor vehicles

Related Information

Safety Alerts


Safeguards that SafeWork SA has developed with a focus on transport cover:

  • Forklift work platforms
  • Isolation procedures
  • Service pits

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Codes of Practice

There are a number of Codes of Practice that relate to transport:

  • Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Managing Electrical Risks in the Workplace
  • Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces
  • Managing the Risks of Plant in the Workplace
  • Managing the Work Environment and Facilities
  • Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace
  • Work Health and Safety Consultation, Co‑operation and Co‑ordination

Related Information

Codes of Practice

National Road Safety Partnership Program

There are benefits of road safety for workers and businesses and this resource provides:

  • reputable road safety information
  • case studies.