A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland study has confirmed that over-centre type load tensioning devices (dogs) and extension (cheater) bars are a serious risk for workers in the transport industry.

Dogs and cheater bars are widely used load restraint devices despite the fact that serious injuries have been caused by these devices when they kick back and strike workers.

Alternative load restraint devices with a much lower risk of causing serious or fatal injuries are available, but there had been no assessment of the other risks they pose. In particular, the transport industry had raised concerns that these devices could result in musculoskeletal injuries. read more…