reprinted from the Logistics Training Council Industries on the Move Newsletter Volume 36
LTC CEO Jillian Dielesen also recently attended the 6th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum in Bunbury on July 27. Nola Marino, Federal Member for Forrest spoke about the importance of educating drivers to share the roads safely with heavy vehicles, and the fact the road transport industry is underestimated in the eyes of the general public.
District Traffic Coordinator for WAPOL, David Hurdle spoke about traffic enforcement in the South-West and noted that during holidays and weekends suburban drivers that are not used to driving alongside a large volume of trucks arrive in numbers.
Paul Bond from Main Roads updated the Transafe WA audience on compliance and offered his team’s resources to industry to further educate on Chain of Responsibility compliance and enforcement. Steve Mann from Newmont Boddington Gold launched three new toolbox videos developed for industry and focusing on fatigue and driver distraction.
Mike Roberston, Engineering Director with Engistics gave two presentations explaining the science behind truck rollover prevention and load restraint. Gary Wolstencroft, Senior Risk Engineer with Zurich Financial Services presented thought-provoking figures relating to workers compensation, and ideas for cost containment around this big expense for road transport business owners. Dr Nick Mabbott from Beyond Midnight spoke about adenonsine build up and removal in our brains, and the contribution of this to fatigue and fatigue management.
The full day’s program left only a small amount of time for open discussion, but during this time the issue of heavy vehicle driver licensing and training was passionately debated by participants. Mark Mazza CEO of South-West Express spoke about the impact on his business, and Jillian Dielesen explained the progress of a newly formed safety and training alliance towards improvements in this area.