Safe Work Australia calls for added safety measures

Safe Work Australia Chair, Ann Sherry AO, said more needs to be done to ensure the safety of workers in the transport industry. “Improving a business’s work health and safety is critical, it increases productivity and more Australian’s get home safely every day because of it.”

Referring to a recently published report, she said speeding was only one issue that had to be addressed in the industry, with fatigue and lack of concentration also concerning her.

Ms Sherry outlined a range of target areas to help increase safety, including

  • managing public road travel to reduce fatigue and using appropriate speed for the conditions,
  • ensuring that vehicles are braked appropriately,
  • increasing awareness of pedestrian workers and members of the public,
  • ensuring that vehicles and equipment are maintained appropriately and used correctly,
  • improving protection from falls for those working at heights, and
  • ensuring cargo is appropriately restrained particularly during unloading operations.

“By targeting these areas we can improve the working environment for truck drivers, people who work in the vicinity of trucks and the general public,” she said.

Road transport is a priority industry under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. Efforts to prevent truck-related workplace incidents are undertaken by work health and safety regulators, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the National Transport Commission.

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