NSW: WHS guide for road freight transport industry launched

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Sunday, 12 December, 2021 - 12:45
Policy & legislation
New South Wales

The NSW government recently launched a work health and safety guide for the road freight transport industry.

The transport industry records a high rate of fatalities and serious injuries and is a focus area in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 and a priority industry in SafeWork NSW’s Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022.

“The transport industry is an essential service provider for all Australians but unfortunately records a high rate of fatalities and serious injuries with major claims for injuries around 50 per cent greater than the average employment sector,” said SafeWork NSW executive director of compliance and dispute resolution, Tony Williams.

The guide provides transport operators and supply chain businesses with practical and tailored work health and safety information relating to working in and around vehicles.

“Risks covered include loading and unloading, traffic management, working at heights, immobilisation and hazardous manual tasks as well as health risks from psychosocial hazards,” he said.

In 2018, SafeWork NSW launched the Transport Work Health and Safety Sector Plan following consultation with our industry stakeholders to address these issues.

Key priority areas were identified as well as the work activities that cause serious injuries and fatalities in the transport industry:

  • At-risk workers
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Working at heights
  • Access to and from vehicles
  • Mental and physical health
  • Traffic management
  • Ancillary non-driving tasks.

“This is a comprehensive resource for the transport industry that will help build skills and knowledge to protect workers from serious harm,” said Williams.

“It highlights the importance of embedding road safety within the workplace by focusing on improving work health and safety systems and practices, responding to changes in technology, injury recovery, and learning from incidents that occur.”