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Background - Truck Loading Code

The Principal of Loadsafe Australia, Richard Larsen BEMech played a key role in the creation and evolution of the current Load Restraint Guide over the last 30 years as a leading “Content Provider” or “Subject Matter Expert” (SMExpert) on load restraint to Government and Industry.

Richard Larsen’s involvement as a SMExpert in load restraint on road vehicles began in the late 80’s following an incident when a drum of cyanide dislodged from a truck in the Brisbane water supply catchment near Esk in south-east Queensland. At that time, Richard was a senior engineering executive at the Queensland Department of Transport (DoT - Qld) and launched an investigation into all aspects of the incident, including load restraint.

It soon became clear that the then current State Regulations and Truck Loading Code (TLC) were not suitable for pro-active enforcement of safe loading in Queensland, because a load had to dislodge from the vehicle before any prosecution could occur.

The TLC required that loads be restrained to prevent movement when the load is subjected to:

  • 1.0g forwards

  • 0.5g sideways

  • 0.5g rearwards


The Code and Standards were in harmony with United Kingdom and New Zealand Codes and Standards at the time.

DoT - Qld subsequently made a submission to the Federal Office of Road Safety (FoRS) to have the Code re-written in a format that would enable preventative action to be taken by Enforcement personnel.

The FoRS finally agreed to jointly fund a project with DoT - Qld to re-write the TLC.

This became an important first step in changing from a reactive to a proactive approach to the safety of loads in Australia and the development of the principle of the chain of responsibility.

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