How to safely load and unload a truck

Loading and unloading is something all truck owners need to go through when they're using their trucks to transport goods or other items of different kinds. As it's a common procedure for anyone with a truck made for hauling, it's sometimes easy to forget how dangerous loading and unloading can be and what consequences can result if it's not handled the right way. In order to load and unload your truck safely and without complications, there are a few things you should think about.


You should never attempt to haul large objects by yourself. Regardless of what type of truck you have, you need another experienced person with you that can help you with the hauling. If you have a truck with a truck mounted crane, for example, you need the other person to make sure that your truck stands safely on the ground while you're working with the crane itself. When working with cranes, it's also important to have a helper with you in case the crane or the boom were to cause the truck to tip over, as you most certainly won't be able to flip it back by yourself. Make sure that the other person also knows what they're doing so that they don't put themselves in danger, causing you to have to keep an eye on them.


When working with cranes, and other types of trucks, you need to remember that what ultimately decides how much load you can carry are your tyres. If you haul something too heavy and your crane swings it too far out from the tyres, it's the weight and stability of the tyres that decides whether or not the truck is going to tip over. With other types of trucks, like liftgate trucks, it's more common for the truck to tip backwards as you're trying to haul something. An easy way to prevent tipping is to look at your rear tyres. If the suspension is pressing the body of the truck down on top of your tyres, or if your properly inflated tyres start looking deflated, you should abandon the procedure and accept that the load is too heavy for your truck.

Uneven ground

You should also make sure that the ground where you're performing the loading or unloading is levelled. Uneven ground can cause the truck to tip over even if the load isn't very heavy. If you are forced to load or unload on uneven ground, you should make sure that you're standing with the front pointing uphill and that all of your truck's brake systems are in order. You should also put wedges under your truck's tyres to further prevent the truck from rolling off while you're trying to load. 

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