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Trailer suspension failure

The significant issues

Trailer suspension and attachment component failures quite regularly occur across Australia resulting in significant incidents and fatalities (commonly other road users rather than the towing vehicle).

This trailer is somewhere around 5 to 6 years old and has not been inspected by a suitably qualified person within that time.

Undoubtedly, this is common for most privately-owned trailers across Australia.


What we are doing to minimise the likelihood of trailer component failure?

  • We are implementing a system to ensure that our trailers are in a safe or roadworthy condition on a regular basis.
  • The system will ensure that our trailers are checked and serviced by suitably qualified persons at least once every year.
  • The service includes a full under body and towing attachments inspections.
  • Checking the tensions, condition and greasing of all suspension components etc.

How will the system work and what do I need to do?

  • Each year, one month before the trailers registration is due, a reminder will be sent to the region that the trailer is assigned to.
  • Before the registration is renewed, the trailer inspection must be completed and evidence of inspection (roadworthy certificate or similar) must be provided.
  • If you are assigned to ensure that trailers are checked ensure that you do so.
  • Report any trailer faults as discovered and ensure they are removed from service and faults repaired by a suitably qualified person.


Please fee free to use this safety alert as a subject for your next toolbox talk or safety conversation.