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Safety Campaign To Be Renewed After Series Of Avoidable Fatalities

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October 10 2019

By Leigh Johnston

SafeWork NSW have renewed a safety awareness campaign about unsafe trucks in a bid to combat avoidable incidents due to a high fatality rate this year.

The safety alert has been issues for heavy vehicle operators to safely immobile their trucks and trailers. The regulator has previously released three incident reports which outlines details of tragic incidents where workers died due to being crushed by a truck.

In May this year, there were two fatalities within where one truck driver was killed after being trapped between the bottom well deck and the chassis rail in Kirrawee, and another worker that was fatally injured after leaning between the chassis rail and tipper body.

The following month, a 58-year-old truck driver was killed at a recycling facility in Camellia after he exited the truck and was stuck between the door and cabin as the truck rolled into concrete blocks.

The work safety authority has ramped up their efforts to raise awareness due to the avoidable nature of these incidents.

SafeWork advises that risks can be prevented through adequate immobilisation including taking precautionary measures such as parking the vehicle on level ground, applying the handbrake properly and getting sufficient supervision and training.

Further safety measures that were also recommended included knowing what to do in the case of a breakdown of your vehicle, knowing how to couple and uncouple your trailer safely and turning your vehicle off and applying the handbrake before stepping out of the vehicle.

“In the coming months, SafeWork NSW will be involved in a series of consultation workshops which focus on key priority areas such as traffic management, vehicle immobilisation and vehicle loading and unloading,” a spokesperson from SafeWork NSW said according to Fully Loaded.

“These workshops represent a great opportunity for industry stakeholders to productively contribute to improving workplace safety outcomes across the transport supply chain. Following industry consultation, SafeWork will be developing a field-based inspection program”.

The month of October is National Safe Work Month, which is an important reminder to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace for the Australian working community.

The theme for this year is “Be A Safety Champion” demonstrating that both employers and employees from any occupation can play a part in work health and safety and be a champion in reducing risk and harm.