The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a motor vehicle repair bulletin relating to fatal accidents while working on incorrectly supported vehicles, the text of which we set out below. The HSE is aware of at least 8 fatal accidents since 2019, due to work being carried out on incorrectly supported vehicles or cabs.
The bulletin states:
Never work beneath a vehicle that is only supported on jacks:
Never work beneath a cab or tipping trailer unless it is propped:
Never crawl beneath a vehicle fitted with air suspension unless it is properly supported:
Further information is available in the HSE publication Working safely under motor vehicles being repaired (INDG434) which you can find here.
You can also find out more in the HSE’s safety alert (issued May 2020) about air suspension systems on vehicles here.
Please contact our regulatory team if you need any advice on 01254 828300. Find out more about the team and what they do here.