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Free Body Truck VOC (Verification of Competency)

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Body Truck VOC

Purpose of Document

Body Truck VOCs are used to verify a worker’s competence in body truck use. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness through effective training and competency procedures. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

This Body Truck VOC should be completed by a competent person in consultation with the trainee who will use the plant. This document is a template only and should be customised for your business.

When to Use

Body Truck VOCs should be completed prior to the worker operating plant or equipment within your business.

Who Should Use

Body Truck VOCs must be completed by someone who is familiar with operation of the piece of plant or equipment. This person should also be competent in training and assessment methods.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to complete a documented Verification of Competency (VOC). However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)c WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Systems of Work
  • s(19)(3)d WHS Act – Duty to Ensure Safe Use of Plant
  • s(19)(3)f WHS Act – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, Instruction and Supervision
  • s(203) WHS Regulations – Management of Risks to Health and Safety (PCBUs with management or control of plant)

The Code of Practice “Managing risks of plant in the workplace” states that employers (PCBUs) must ensure workers are trained and have the appropriate skills to carry out a particular task safely.


What is a body truck?

”Body truck” isn’t a standard term in the context of vehicles or trucks. It could refer to a truck equipped with a specialized body for a particular purpose.

What is a body truck used?

A body truck is a type of vehicle primarily used for transporting cargo or goods. These trucks typically have a large, enclosed body or compartment mounted on the chassis, providing secure storage space for various items. Body trucks are commonly used for deliveries, moving furniture, transporting equipment, and other similar tasks.

What hazards are involved in body truck use?

Many hazards exist in body truck operation, for example:

  • Falls
  • Struck-By Accidents
  • Pinching/Crushing Injuries
  • Falling
  • Objects
  • Collapse of Loads
  • Electrocution

To mitigate these hazards, proper training, adherence to safety protocols, regular equipment maintenance, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and thorough site inspections are essential.

Do you need a license to operate a body truck?

To operate a HR / body truck on public roads or road-related areas, you will need a state-issued driver’s licence (likely HR Class).

Did You Know?

Body trucks, also known as flatbed trucks or tray trucks, are extensively used in Australia for various purposes. These versatile vehicles feature a flat and open cargo bed, providing ample space for transporting oversized or heavy loads.

Body trucks are commonly seen in industries such as construction, transportation, and agriculture, where they play a vital role in transporting equipment, machinery, construction materials, and agricultural produce. Their sturdy build, large payload capacity, and versatility make them an essential part of Australia’s logistics and transportation infrastructure, supporting the efficient movement of goods and materials across the country.

Article Sources and Further Reading

Model Code of Practice: Managing risks of plant in the workplace (Safe Work Australia) <>

Plant (Safe Work Australia) <>

What is a PCBU? (Spire Safety) <>

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