Unloading and loading your trailer safely

Post Date - Feb 20, 2023

At Montgomery Transport, nothing comes before our drivers’ safety. We want to make sure you’re not only safe on the roads, but also once at the shipping location for the unloading/loading process. Here’s a rundown of the most important things to keep in mind as you unload and load your truck.

The first step to a safe unloading/loading process is to make sure you’re wearing the right personal protection equipment. Be sure to have on a hard hat, safety glasses, safety gloves, reflective vest, long pants, and safety work boots. PPE is always required during this process.

Next, you should focus on location and communication. Prioritizing these two aspects of the unloading/loading process ensures safety for everyone involved.

  • Location. If the shipping location has a designated area for drivers to stand during unloading/loading, you’re required to adhere to those instructions. If there is not a designated area, the best place to wait is your cab. If you are required to be out of the truck to assist with unloading/loading, stand as close to the cab as possible. Never be on the opposite side of the truck/trailer and always remain in the line of sight of the unloader/loader.
  • Communication. As the driver, it is your responsibility to communicate your intentions and processes to the lift truck operator before unloading/loading begins. You should also discuss the safe zone.

The Safe Zone

Understanding the safe zone is an integral part of completing the unloading and loading process safely. This zone applies to both the driver and the operator. If the driver is not in the visual line of the operator, the operator should stop no less than 10 feet from the truck/trailer.

When the driver is working on the opposite side of the trailer from the person unloading or loading, our flashing beacons should be utilized. Once its clear for the unloader/loader to continue working, the driver will turn off the flashing beacons and move back into the safe zone.

Remember: The driver’s safe zone is at least 10 feet behind or in front of the trailer!

Do you feel like your carrier could do more to put your safety first? Connect with us at Montgomery Transport to learn about our CDL-A driving opportunities.