Safety alert reminds workers of the risks associated with uncontrolled movement of vehicles


SafeWork NSW is reminding persons working with vehicles of the risks associated with the uncontrolled movement of vehicles.

In a safety alert issued on Tuesday (05/12/2017), the safety watchdog says people are seriously injured, while others lose their lives each year in NSW due to incidents involving the uncontrolled movement (roll away) of vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, vans, forklifts, tractors, mobile cranes etc. In most incidents, the operator was not in the driver’s seat at the time of the incident,

According to SafeWork NSW, the uncontrolled movement of a vehicle can occur due to any singular or combination of reasons- Some of these include-:

  • the operator not engaging the parking brake, or not engaging the parking brake sufficiently
  • leaving the vehicle in gear when existing
  • parking on an incline
  • inadequate inspection and maintenance of the braking system

Additional information on this safety alert, contributing factors as well as action required is available on SafeWork NSW website.


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