Welcome to your weekly CoR Compliance Email Update! This update will help you to keep up to date with the Chain of Responsibility laws that govern the transport and logistics industry.
Industry and legislation updates
The office of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell has published its findings into the effects of the now-defunct Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and its Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO).
The owner of a South Australian transport company Colbert Transport has been found guilty of manslaughter for the second time over a driver’s death.
NTRTA executive officer Louise Bilato tells ATN that while the federal funding will bring about much-needed improvements such as realignment and rebuilding of the heavily trafficked section of road through Coongen Gorge, the transport body is “disappointed” that its calls to reduce the number of single lane bridges on the Great Northern Highway fell on deaf ears.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says legislating rates of pay is not the way to address the issue of safety in the transport industry.
EWD’s are a “side issue” to the main cause of fatigue, which is commercial pressures in transport, says Professor Ann Williamson from the University of New South Wales.
The Monash University Accident Research Centre has released data showing that mandated use of ESC in heavy vehicles could reduce fatal heavy vehicle crashes by four percent, and serious injury crashes involving heavy vehicles by seven percent.
Lead by NSW traffic and highway patrol command, with the aid of the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), the NSW leg of the raids – named Operation Avery – saw 93 trucks and trailers inspected and 23 infringement notices issued.
A Truck driver transporting a mammoth rock crusher caused carnage on one of Whitehorse’s busiest roads, bringing down tram and power lines, all the while unaware of the damage left in his wake.
A trucking company has had all but one vehicle in its fleet grounded by police, following a serious crash involving one of its trucks in Sydney’s south.
Weekly CoR implementation tip
Does your organisation have the Consultation and Communication Policy?
The purpose of a Consultation and Communication Policy is to set out the commitment to involve employees in the areas and decisions that impact their health and safety.
The key components of a Consultation and Communication Policy include:
- a commitment to regular, genuine consultation and communication
- the purpose of consultation and communication
- a summary of consultation and communication arrangements, methods, timing and frequency
- a summary of key roles and responsibilities involved in consultation and communication, such as the health and safety representatives and health and safety committees
The Consultation and Communication Policy supports CoR as it helps to ensure that employees have:
- Involvement in the decisions around CoR that impact them and their role
- Their CoR responsibilities communicated to them
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