Transporting cattle exposes truck drivers to a wide range of hazards and risks. One of the most dangerous activities in the cattle transport supply chain is cross-loading or transferring cattle between trucks.
Cross-loading involves reversing two cattle trucks (usually double decked) together. Drivers then climb up the side, or on the top and inside the stock crate to move stubborn livestock from one truck to another.
This practice exposes drivers to a range of risks including working at heights, trip hazards, working with unpredictable livestock. Inadequate or poor lighting increase the risk of an injury.
Frasers Livestock Transport, an active member of the Transport Safety Network (facilitated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland), undertook research to develop a safer crossloading process for cattle on transport vehicles.
From this research Frasers Livestock Transport designed a custom built free-standing cross-loading module that incorporates a series of elevated platforms, over-trailer walkways and sliding gates/barriers.
This new module has been a resounding success in terms of staff safety by decreasing the risks of falls, trips and contact with livestock and improved productivity through time efficiencies and enhanced livestock welfare.
In 2013 this innovation won Frasers Livestock Transport the Queensland Safe Work Award for Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue and in 2014 they won the 9th Annual Safe Work Australia Awards Category 2 - Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue.
For more information about Fraser Livestock Transport's crossloading module visit the Worksafe Queensland website.