Removal Risk Assessment
Easy Movers Risk Assessment Form
In accordance with health & safety legislation and following our recent
discussions I have drawn what is known as a risk assessment to minimise the
possibilities of any accidents to employees or members of the public. I would
ask you to read though the assessment very carefully and bring to my attention
any action points you feel may be difficult to implement for any reason. As you
are aware I take health & safety matters very seriously and would therefore
welcome any feedback. Please be aware that this assessment is to be
implemented with immediate effect.
Please ensure seatbelts are worn at all times even on the shortest of journeys.
If carrying passengers it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that they are
wearing seatbelts as well.
Only one person (the same person) is responsible for loading/unloading the
vehicle as that person will then be aware of any potential loading/unloading
hazards. The same person must be responsible for the safe operation of the
tail-lift. Members of the public must not be allowed to use the tail-lift or enter
the removal vehicle at any time when loading.
Loaders must make every effort to ensure the safety of their load by using
webbing and or loading bars to minimise the risk of anything falling in transit
or when stationary.
Drivers keep to the speed limits and take as many breaks as possible if on a
long trip. Do not drive tired under any circumstances. It is not advisable to use
the fast lane of the motorway if loaded. If two drivers are working then the
burden of driving must be shared equally.
Drivers are to report any defects to me in writing. (e-mail). Drivers are also
required to check tyres and tyre pressure water, oil levels, lights etc on a
weekly basis and before every journey over 20miles.
Use the light in the rear of the van during hours of darkness (please put
security bar on vehicle as engine will need to be kept running).
The first aid kit is kept in the vehicle together with safety jackets and warning
triangle. The driver of the vehicle must inform me when any of the items in the
first aid box require replacing. It must also be checked on a weekly basis.
All staff to be aware of height restriction in van (11ft) and width restriction
(7ft) as the driver may not notice it!!
Drivers must ensure a team member sees them back when reversing on every
When loading/unloading on an incline or slope, it is all staffs responsibility to
ensure vehicle is left in gear with hand-brake firmly on. Also, place blocks
under back wheels. There is a VERY SERIOUS risk of death by crushing if the
handbrake fails and the vehicle moves back.
You have been given a copy of getting to grips with manual handling but here
are the main points for the purpose of the risk assessment;
The Team leader responsible for job must carryout a risk assessment before
starting work and ensuring all team members are aware of any potential
hazards. Such risks are described in the risk assessment and include slippery
steps, dangerous traffic etc where safety jackets should be worn.
Ensure you use all devices to avoid lifting where possible. This will include use
of the sack barrow, skate and any other machinery.
If any boxes are too heavy and have been over packed by the customer then it
makes sense to share the burden by carrying the box with another team
Please ensure that all pathways/corridors are free of any obstacles including
our equipment and the customers effects. Pick up all litter and place in a bin.
Do not leave in road as it is obvious this belongs to us even if the customer
does no say anything and leaves a bad impression.
Team members must attempt to minimise the risk of slipping when working on
decking (in gardens) and or slippery steps (moss gathering on them). Please
avoid such areas or attempt to use a different route. Each team member must
make every effort to warn his/her colleagues when working in such conditions.
If using carpet protectors or floor coverings then team
members/customer/members of the public need to be warned of their
presence as they may be liable to tripon them. Only use floor protectors if
really necessary or there is a danger of dirtying the carpet.
Do not attempt to carry out any electrical work (connection/reconnection) and
ensure all electrical appliances are unplugged before packing them. The same
applies to gas ovens. These are not to be touched under any circumstances.
For the safety of yourself you are required to wear reflective jackets and steel
toe cap boots when working at all times. It is particularly sensible to wear a
reflective jacket when loading/unloading as very often motorists may not see
you when you come out of the van to cross the road. It may save your life!
Do not block up public rights of way with vehicle or equipment. Disabled,
mothers with children and partially sighted need to use the pavement as well!
There us also a risk that they may injure themselves by falling over what has
been left behind (boxes, our equipment, customer effects etc.).
If working with ladders there must be at least one person holding the ladder
and it must be webbed onto the building if possible.
Do not pack any hazardous effects that include gas bottles, flammables (petrol,
white spirits, paraffin etc).
Ensure that all broken glass or ceramic is disposed of carefully by wrapping in
paper or directly placing into bins.
Be aware that all sofa beds have the potential to harm (as bed mechanism can
trap fingers). Best remove frame or tie up frame in bed very securely and avoid
placing fingers where may get caught in mechanism. Also glass or wooden
sliding doors on cabinets can trap fingers. Even is you are aware of this your
team member may not be so please double check with him/her to ensure that
he/she is aware of the danger.
If you smoke do not smoke in warehouse and please dispose of cigarette butts
away from customers home as surprisingly leaves a bad impression and will
not do your tip potential any good! Make sure that they are out and put them
in bin or at least well away from customers house.
Use gloves when loading appliances such as washing machines because of
When placing tall items of furniture in the home such as book cases please
ensure these items are left leaning on a wall as there is a risk the may fall
forwards onto a child or other person.
Very often we are working in an environment with small children. Please
consider the many dangers that pose a threat to children. These include boxes
and furniture that can easily topple over (do not stack boxes too high) and
children playing on van or with our equipment. You must carefully remind our
customers that it is their responsibility to ensure that children are supervised
and kept well away from the areas that we are working in.
Finally all accidents must be reported to me so that they can be recorded in
the accident book.