Month: May 2012

Chain of Responsibility Update : Hands-free Legislation Needed for Commercial Vehicles

A case is currently underway in The USA, involving The Coca Cola Company who is being sued after a driver caused a crash while talking on his mobile phone. According to our own Department of Transport four deaths between 2009 and 2012 were related to mobile phone use while driving. So the question remains why …

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Chain of Responsibility Update : Tanker Explosion Costs Operators $140,000 in Fines

A fatal tanker explosion in Broome has resulted in a fine for the road haulage firm involved and its customer. The fine totalling $140,000 ($,60,000 for the road haulage firm and $80,000 for Baker Hughes,the customer).  The court found the parties involved had failed to perform their duty of providing a safe work environment, which …

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Truck Driver Chain of Responsibility

CoR Update : Preventing Truck Drivers Slips, Trips and Falls

Attention is not often paid to slips, trip and falls in the road transport industry. However it is equally important as any other hazard that truckers face on a daily basis. Truck drivers often find themselves slipping or falling when attempting to get into the truck cabin or exit it, a problem made worse by …

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Chain of Responsibility Update : House Falls From Truck And Injures Teenager

An injury has occurred in Melbourne where a young worker was injured while on duty. The worker was lucky to have escaped without being crushed. This incident brings to light the need to ensure safety whenever working around trucks or working with large and heavy loads. As News.com.au reports: A HOUSE being moved has fallen …

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Chain Of Responsibility Update : Authorities Crackdown on Dangerous Trucks

A month long blitz has begun as police and authorities target unsafe truckers in an attempt to stop drink driving, speeding and other unsafe practices associated with truckers. The crackdown began as vehicle inspectors along the Monaro Highway began pulling over trucks in an operation codenamed AUSTRANS. The operation which has run annually since 1989 …

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Alert: Chain of Responsibility Laws – Prosecutions

On May 9th the Australian Chain of Responsibility laws just got more teeth!  Police and authorities in NSW made over 1,000 prosecutions against directors and owners of four trucking companies relating to speeding offences committed by their drivers. The Sydney Morning Herald broke the news: Directors charged over speeding truck drivers.   Photo by Wolter …

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Chain of Responsibility Update: Budget To Upgrade Local Roads

Great news for road users is that government has approved funding for a $4.1billion budget to upgrade and maintain roads. The 2012-2013 budgets provide for improvements over the next four years. This money will assist councils and shires to upgrade and maintain local roads. Good news for workers in the transport industry and ordinary road users alike. …

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