The Northern Territory’s Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) recently released a number of resources to help organisations improve their workplace road safety.
Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of worker fatalities nationally for a number of years, and in the Northern Territory, the percentage is much higher with 55 per cent of worker fatalities caused by vehicle collisions in the five years from 2014 to 2018.
The recently published Safe driving guidelines for workplaces provides a range of information and strategies to help organisations identify and manage road safety risks, and promote a positive road safety culture in the workplace.
The Northern Territory road network is spread across a vast 1.3 million square kilometres, with a large portion of people living and working in regional and remote areas.
Before driving in remote areas, drivers need to have considered the risks involved with driving remotely including proper vehicle preparation, checking weather conditions, road accessibility and taking plenty of food and water.
“Driving in regional and remote areas can place employees in a high-risk situation,” the guideline noted.
If employees are required to drive in such areas or long distances, organisations should develop a regional/remote travel policy and procedure to minimise any risk. This could include a vehicle safety checklist.
The guidelines said employers should purchase fit-for-purpose vehicles for employees to use when driving to remote areas and ensure they are maintained to a suitable standard, and:
The guidelines also recommended a number of steps for employees: