Our Voice

OUR CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY VOICE

We’ve all been waiting to see what the NHVR will do with the changes to the National Heavy Vehicle National law, and we’ve now received a taste.

HVNL Prosecution

Magistrate Mark Semmens is scathing in his findings against Bitumax, a Boral company which trades as Boral Asphalt; for a mass offence. The magistrate went on further to state that “I do not think this is a ‘basic’ case. It is an extraordinary case and what is extraordinary is the complete lack of any structure by a corporate body to ensure that a chain of reporting exists.

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qantas aircraft showing the benefits of on guard safety

On Guard Safety Practises

Sometimes as a consultant, you know when your time is being wasted. One of those times was early 2018 for me when I sat in front of a prospective supplier. One of the three men in the room smashed his fist on the table asking me, the consultant on chain of responsibility, why it was his responsibility to ensure a safe transport task in his business. I knew right there my time to this prospect was wasted.

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is chain of responsibility legislation known in your organisation

Chain of Responsibility Policy

Laws structure our everyday lives and tell us what we can or cannot do in certain circumstances; they are there to protect us from each other and to maintain a peaceful place to live, or at least as friendly as possible. Take the legislation that governs the speed we can use when travelling on our roads.

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logistics companies, have built huge businesses by delivering the product by road.

Logistics Management

Logistic management companies have spent and will spend multiple millions of dollars on the safety of their fleet and drivers. Of course, it’s great for business, it reduces risk for their own investments and ongoing financial targets. But most importantly, it’s sold as a value proposition, an underlying value proposition to their consumers.

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The NHVR – Totally Irresponsible

In my view this is one of the most damaging articles to ever come from a governing body, that was put together to enhance a safety culture, amongst one of the most dangerous industries now in Australia.

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Overloaded & Unrestrained

The owner and driver still have a duty of care. They must still ensure that their duty does not impact the lives of the employees, or the public. Even though they are not liable under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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Safety Notice Boards

When taking a look at another business during an audit, I’m looking for hundreds of different things, but one which usually takes people by surprise is whether or not I can find a safety notice board.

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