The Transport Industry Safety Group (TISG) was recently revived after being formed in the nineties by the joining together of peak transport industry bodies with the purpose of improving road safety and occupational health for those involved with the road transport industry.
The transport industry has been in the news a lot recently and for all the wrong reasons. A spate of truck accidents across the country over the course of the year has cast a dark shadow on the transport industry nationally which is why projects such as the TISG are so important.
Made up of senior executives from major transport bodies, the TISG will serve as a sort of “think tank” for safety initiatives within the industry, according to the organisation’s chairman, Vic Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson.
Anderson recently stated that previous reference documents developed by the group have made the industry safer by introducing better safety standards.
The following excerpt was taken from an article on industry website PrimeMoverMag.com.au and explains more about the TISG:
The group comprises of senior executives from a number of organisations including – VicRoads, Victoria Police, Victorian WorkCover Authority, Transport Accident Commission, Victorian Transport Association, Bus Association (Victoria), National Transport Commission, Australian Research Board (ARRB), the Transport Workers Union (Victoria/Tasmania) and the Office of the Sate Coroner of Victoria.
The TISG will be chaired by Victorian Transport Association CEO, Peter Anderson (pictured), who said the TISG is the “think tank” for transport industry safety initiatives, having previously produced a number of reference documents that have contributed to improving safety standards.
Information provided by the group have served as a guide to the industry already on how they can improve safety overall.
Although it was established over a decade ago, 1995, the group has recently been revived and is looking into what can be done in the present to improve road safety, Anderson went on to explain:
“The reference documents produced by the TISG were designed to provide guidance to transport operators to improve safety within their businesses and the industry in general,” he said.
“Established in 1995, the group has been reinvigorated and is looking to what it can do now to improve safety and work towards reducing harm to all community members through improved safety methods, processes, technology and best practice benchmarks for the heavy vehicle industry.”
Anderson also stated that the group will be working in close conjunction with experts in the transport industry including consultants who will be working voluntarily. Together they aim to design plans that can be implemented on the ground to ultimately minimise the number of fatalities and injuries that occur within the sector. Anderson went on to add:
“The TISG is a working group that will produce actions and solutions based on fact to improve community safety and work towards reducing harm to all,” he added.