To help keep thousands of road transport workers and the wider community safe, SafeWork NSW has announced the launch of a new guide.
The “Occupational Health and Safety Guide for the Road Freight Transport Industry” was developed following extensive consultations with key industry stakeholders, including transportation industry groups, unions , Transport for NSW and interstate regulators.
“The transport sector is a critical service provider for all Australians, but unfortunately has a high rate of death and serious injury, with major injury claims around 50% above the employment sector average,” said Tony Williams, SafeWork NSW’s executive director of compliance. and dispute resolution.
“The Guide provides transport operators and companies in the supply chain with practical and relevant information on occupational health and safety related to working in and around vehicles,” he said.
Risks addressed in the Guide include loading and unloading, traffic management, working at heights, immobilization and dangerous manual tasks as well as health risks related to psychosocial hazards.
It is a comprehensive resource for the transportation industry, according to Williams, who said it will help develop the skills and knowledge to protect workers from serious damage.
“It emphasizes the importance of integrating road safety into the workplace by focusing on improving occupational health and safety systems and practices, responding to technological change, recovering from injuries and learning from the incidents that occur, ”he said.
“The guide, having received industry commitment and supported by SafeWork NSW, promotes a safer road freight industry to meet the demands of the growing economy of New South Wales. “