Royal Mail Group (SHE) Safety Flash – Loading Bay Traffic Lights Introduction

Royal Mail Group (SHE) Safety Flash – Loading Bay Traffic Lights


A Safety Flash has been issued by the Royal Mail Group Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Team (Copy Attached), following several recent ‘near-miss’ instances where drivers/shunters have driven off a loading dock when the traffic light was on ‘RED’, resulting in indoor staff, equipment and mail/parcels falling from height into the yard.

SSoW Failures:

The ‘Mandatory’ Safe System of Work was not being followed when the ‘near-miss’ incidents occurred. The LGV drivers and shunter drivers involved in these incidents were not adhering to the loading dock traffic light control system and pulled away from the loading bay dock against a ‘Red Light Signal’. There were also ‘Key Control’ failures which enabled the incidents to happen.

Impact and Effect of the Incidents: 

Risk of serious injury to loading/unloading bay staff, falling from height whilst loading/unloading containers, mail and parcels.

Key Message set out in the Safety Flash are:-

Where loading/unloading bay dock traffic lights are in use:-