Safe loads

Australia, 1977

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This 1977 film demonstrates the importance of carrying a load safely on a truck. It details the necessary preparation for a drive, including the kind of load being carried, the stacking, placement and securing of the load. It includes a cameo appearance by American pro golfer Johnny Miller at the beginning, and a narrator speaking directly to the camera. Acknowledging that workers often find instructional videos condescending, the narrator speaks in a casual and familiar tone to appeal to the audience. He discusses the danger of petroleum and corrosive acids carried in tankers and the importance of stacking and securing a load correctly. The film ends with a dramatic re-enactment of experienced, yet careless, workers who secure a dangerous load onto a truck, which eventually explodes.

Produced for Mayne Nickless Limited by the South Australian Film Corporation and Pepper Audio Visual.

The colour is faded throughout the film.

Cast: Johnny Miller, Roger Ward, Dave Taylor, Robyn Hamilton, Richard Pepper, Ian Gray, David Hursthouse

Please note: As this is an archival work, the content does not reflect current practice or standards. Professional advice for up-to-date safety practices should be sought from the appropriate contemporary authority.



Max Pepper


Peter Dimond

production company

South Australian Film Corporation

Pepper Audio Visual







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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industrial safety

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Petroleum

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South Australia - Social life and customs

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Cargo handling

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Petroleum as fuel

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Transportation - Freight

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Truck driving

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Safety education

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Accidents - Prevention

History → South Australia - History

Places → South Australia

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

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