TLID0015 Load and Unload Goods/Cargo


Australian 4wd and Advanced Driver Education – RTO CODE: 31223

PLEASE NOTE: TLID2004 was superceded on the 21st Novemebr 2021.

TLID0015 – Load and unload goods/cargo

1. This is a practical hands on course, with very little time spent in a lecture room.

2. Load and Unload goods/cargo can be incorporated with selected A4ADE driver’s courses.

3. This course is suited for corporate groups.

4. Current  information and publications are incorporated within this course, including LOAD RESTRAINT GUIDE 2018

This course involves the skills and knowledge required to load and unload goods and cargo in accordance with relevant state/territory roads and traffic authority regulations / permit requirements.

It includes loading and unloading goods and cargo, securing and protecting a load and completing all required documentation.

Who may select this course?

It is mandatory for Drivers, company employees or contractors who are required to Load, Secure Loads and unload goods/cargo as part of their duties of operating a vehicle or towing a trailer, to complete this course as part of companies process of reducing drivers risk of vehicle incidents and Workplace Heath, Safety procedures.

The key clients for this training are all/any drivers who require to load, secure and unload any type of vehicles and /or trailers within the transport industry and/or company policy and procedures.

Training Elements

Load and Unload Goods/Cargo

  • Load characteristics are identified and taken into account when determining appropriate loading and unloading workplace procedures
  • Job hazards are identified and required action is taken to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
  •  Dangerous or hazardous goods are identified and handled in accordance with the current Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code and other relevant regulations/permit requirements
  • Load is packed/unpacked to make safe and effective use of available spaces
  • Goods/cargo are loaded in accordance with relevant mass and loading regulations and workplace procedures
  • Lifting aids and appliances are selected and used to aid loading procedures in accordance with workplace procedures and safety legislation
  • Unloading activities are conducted in a safe and efficient manner taking into account suitable locations, stowage, safe use of equipment and balance of remaining load
  • Goods requiring special handling and/or documentation are identified and workplace procedures are followed
  • Relocated material is restacked appropriate for transport method, safe height, weight loading, size and crushability of goods

Secure and Protect Load

  • Load distribution is checked to ensure it is even, legal and within safe working capacity
  • Load is checked to ensure dangerous goods and hazardous substances are appropriately segregated in accordance with current ADG Code
  • Load is secured using correct load restraint and protection equipment for different loads, carrying and storage conditions
  • Load is protected in accordance with legal and workplace safety requirements

Complete Documentation

  • Load is inspected and checked for security to travel, in accordance with relevant regulations/permit requirements and current ADG Code, as required
  • All required goods documentation is completed in accordance with workplace requirements including current ADG Code, as required
  • Safety first—loading and unloading
  • Smart lifting techniques
  • Definitions
  • 10 key steps of a load restraint system
  • Planning the load
  • Step 1: understand your load
  • Step 2: choose a suitable vehicle for your load type and size
  • Step 3: use a restraint system that is suitable for your load
  • Step 4: position your load to maintain vehicle stability, steering & braking
  • Step 5: check your vehicle structures & restraint equipment are in good working condition
  • Loading the vehicle
  • Step 6: make sure your load is stabilised
  • Step 7: Ensure you understand and use safe work practices when loading and unloading a vehicle
  • Step 8: Ensure you use enough restraint to keep you and others safe
  • Drive according to the load and driving conditions
  • Step 9: allow for changes in vehicle stability, steering and braking when driving a loaded Vehicle
  • Step 10: check the load and its restraint regularly during your journey
  • Understanding how tie-down works and calculating restraint requirements
  • Load shift
  • Provision of adequate load restraint:
  • Methods of load restraint, Tie-down method, Direct restraint methods
  • Combined tie-down & direct restraint method
  • Dunnage, Belly wrap
  • Lashings: vehicles and mobile equipment, Lashings attached to towing bracket
  • Calculating restraint requirements
  • Typical friction coefficient
  • Tie-down lashing: pre-tension, Average pre-tension
  • Tie-down lashings with no load shift: how many and how strong?
  • Maximum weight restrained by one lashing (with no load shift)
  • Maximum weight each 10 or 12 mm rope can restrain (using single hitch) & (using double hitch)
  • Lashing angles for clamping force
  • How many lashings? – using tie-down load tables
  • Maximum weight each 50mm webbing strap can restrain
  • Direct lashing angles for vehicles
  • Recommended angle for direct lashings and Typical lashing capacity
  • Minimum lashing capacity – direct restraint forwards (0.8w) using two chains
  • Minimum lashing capacity – direct restraint sideways /rearwards (0.5w) using 2 chains
  • Dangerous goods, Transporting dangerous goods in Australia
  • Consignors, The prime contractor, Packers, loaders, vehicle owners and drivers
  • What are dangerous goods and placards and un numbers
  • Dangerous goods 9 classes and substances
  • Transporting dangerous goods for personal or ‘tools of trade’ use and Examples
  • Dangerous goods carried outside the passenger compartment of a vehicle
  • Transporting dangerous goods not to be transported in vehicles
  • Transporting diesel
  • Duties of dangerous goods consignors and Dangerous goods transport document
  • Placard requirements and Emergency information panel EIP
  • Dangerous goods PPE
  • Know your legal obligations,
  • The key elements of a load restraint system. Performance standards

Additional Course Information.

This course can be incorporated with other driver training courses.

Deliver Modes

Load and unload goods/cargo is a face-to-face trainer led theory classes and practical sessions involving small groups and individual activities.

This course is divided into theory, practical, Case Scenarios, fault finding activities and assessment sessions.

Course Timings

The course start time is at 07:15 and concluding at approximately 2 – 4 pm. 

A4ADE Practical Training Area

A4ADE exclusive Driver Training Facility at Kurwongbah offers terrain which is similar to the terrain that people would be required to Drive and Manoeuvre a Trailer in their everyday driving as part of their job.

A4ADE Training Areas

A4ADE have exclusive Driver Training Facility at Kurwongbah, North of Brisbane.

For group bookings additional training areas to those listed above include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mt Isa, Moranbah, Roma, Toowoomba, however not limited to these areas.

Corporate/Group Booking Training Areas

A4ADE are able to plan, develop and deliver specific course programs for groups or corporate, on request.

On-Site Training

Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education specialise in the design and implementation of client specific and site specific driver training and education. Training can be delivered for groups on any site, for group bookings.  All courses are portable allowing staff to be trained in locations familiar to their day-to-day use of 4WD, trailers and other light vehicles and can be delivered to ensure minimal disruption to shift routine.

What course participants will require to undertake the course

  • USI (Unique Student Identifier)
  • Your Vehicle with trailer (only if trailers are used)
  • Rated Securing Straps and Gloves.
  • Driving license (that will be required for checking prior to course commencement).
  • Appropriate clothing – this should be compliant with your companies policy however at a minimum must comprise of long sleeved shirt, long pants, closed shoes with good soles and hat.
  • Hat, Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Pad and pen.
  • Morning tea and a light lunch with plenty of drinking water in summer months.

A4ADE will supply

A range of goods/cargo to be secured.  In addition, A4ADE will supply a small range of rated straps.


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