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Tipper advice

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The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidance recommending that tipper lorries should have automated sheeting devices where practical to cut down on falls from height. The HSE said that 44 per cent of falls from tipper lorries were due to problems during the sheeting and unsheeting process. The new guidance recommends a risk-reduction hierarchy, starting with leaving the load unsheeted altogether.

Where this is not practical, employers should select automatic or mechanical systems, or manual sheeting systems that do not need workers to climb the vehicle.