SafeWork NSW has launched its “Occupational Safety and Health Guide for the Road Freight Industry” to help keep thousands of workers and the community safe.
SafeWork NSW’s Executive Director of Compliance and Dispute Resolution Tony Williams said the guide was developed following extensive consultation with key industry stakeholders, including industry groups. industry, labor unions, Transport for NSW and interstate regulators.
“The transport industry is a critical service provider for all Australians, but unfortunately has a high rate of death and serious injury with major injury claims around 50% above the employment sector average,” Williams said.
“The Guide provides transport operators and companies in the supply chain with practical and relevant information on occupational health and safety related to working in and around vehicles.
“The risks covered include loading and unloading, traffic management, working at heights, immobilization and dangerous manual tasks as well as health risks related to psychosocial hazards.
“This is a comprehensive resource for the transportation industry that will help develop skills and knowledge to protect workers from serious damage. It stresses the importance of integrating road safety into the workplace by focusing on improving occupational health and safety systems and practices, responding to technological changes, recovering from injuries and firing lessons from incidents that occur.
“The guide, having received industry commitment and supported by SafeWork NSW, promotes a safer road freight industry to meet the demands of NSW’s growing economy,” said Williams.
The guide is available on the SafeWork NSW website here.
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