WorkSafe Contractor Guidelines: Owner Drivers

The contractor guidelines for owner drivers are applicable from the 1st July 2013 and they are made under 7A (4) of the Act. The purpose of the guidelines is to clarify when an owner driver is actually carrying on an

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Ventilation of Fumigated Freight Containers with Methyl Bromide Mixtures

Fumigation is necessary in Australia to protect our flora and fauna from unwanted pests that may enter the country via containers of goods from overseas. If major pests such as the Giant African Snail, exotic wood borers or fruit fly

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Truck and trailer ramps Safety Alert

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland issued a safety alert that dealt with truck and trailer powered ramps and how to use them safely. The safety alert was prompted by an incident where a worker was injured while he was assisting

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Tips for Driving Overtaking Heavy Vehicles

The difficulty with heavy vehicles on the roads is that they weigh a lot, have limited maneuverability, are large and often slow especially in built up areas. Even in country areas often car drivers become impatient with large vehicles so

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Police Reminder About Speed After Three Caught Offending

Speed is a common cause of accidents on Australian roads and when excess speed is combined with heavy vehicles it can be a recipe for disaster. Trucks need a greater stopping distance simply because of their weight and if they

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‘Share the Road’ a South Australia Road Safety Campaign

South Australia launched a new road safety campaign last week called ‘Share the Road’ as a part of their ongoing efforts to make the state’s roads safer for all road users. This campaign in particular is designed to increase the

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Labour Shortage Needs Tackling With Concentrated Approach

The transport industry is facing an ongoing issue with a lack new worker entering the industry. A recent survey showed that the average truck driver is over the age of 50 years old and this in itself is a concern

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Infrastructure Decision Making Lags Behind Others

Global experts that recently attended a workshop in Melbourne concluded that parts of Australia’s decision-making processes lag behind some other first world countries when it comes to decisions regarding infrastructure. The comparison was made with nations that have a similar

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Disappointing Results From Operation Steel

Senior New South Wales Police Officers have expressed their disappointment after running Operation Steel 3 on the 16th and 17th April and issuing over 150 defect notices as they focused on heavy vehicles. Over 337 trucks were assessed over the

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Chain of Responsibility Under Review for Effectiveness

After the establishment in January of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the National Transport Commission (NTC) has begun to look at the possible enhancements of the heavy vehicle National Law that could be put into place. As a part of

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