HSE safety notice – Issued: 9 January 2024

HSE has issued a safety notice for those involved in lorry loader operations with powered ’tilting’ (also known as ‘swing-up’ or ‘rotating’) stabilisers.

Crush risk from powered tilting stabilisers

HSE is aware of 3 fatal incidents in Great Britain since 2019, where the operator of a lorry loader has been crushed against the bodywork of the vehicle by the retracting leg of a powered tilting stabiliser.

On some lorry loaders with powered ‘tilting’, stabilisers people can be crushed against the bodywork of the vehicle when the stabilisers are being retracted.


There is a risk of serious injury or death when a powered tilting stabiliser is being rotated to a vertical position.


Those involved in lorry loader operations should include the crushing hazard from tilting stabilisers in their risk assessments and include appropriate control measures in all lorry loader procedural documentation, such as lift plans.


View the safety notice

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