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Kenoss Contractors has been fined $1.1 million following the death of a truck driver.

The sentence was handed down in the ACT Magistrates Court last week, according to The Canberra Times and ABC media reports.

The truck driver was electrocuted on a Kenoss Contractors worksite in Canberra in 2012.

The company was found guilty of breaching the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) in the ACT Magistrates Court in June. During the same hearing, the charge against Kenoss project manager Munir al-Hasani (ie, that he was an officer of the corporation and failed to exercise due diligence to prevent the failings of the corporate defendant) was dismissed.

Despite the large fine imposed on the company, it won’t be paid because the company went into liquidation before the case was heard.

“On [the] one hand, this is disappointing [because] there’s a dead worker at the end of this tale, but on the other hand, this is a very strong warning to company leaders right around the country,” ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe was quoted in The Canberra Times.

The sentence is yet to be published online.

For more details on the June verdict, visit the ACT Magistrates Court

Published on 27 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email.  Subscribe online today.

Thousands of heavy vehicle drivers were found in breach of speed and fatigue regulations during the latest Operation AUSTRANS.

Operation AUSTRANS is an annual safety blitz, which this year ran from 18 May to 13 June and inspected 75,000 heavy vehicles. Police in Australia and New Zealand collaborated with other agencies to target heavy vehicle road transport safety.

Among the offences uncovered were 1076 major defects, including not speed limiting, and 574 trucks were caught speeding. The number of speeding offences is down on the 936 recorded the year before.

Some 1100 work diary offences related to failure to take required rest were also found. This is less than the 1383 offences recorded last year.

Drug driving tests caught out 154 drivers, who returned positive results.

For more details, visit the offences

Published on 13 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter

Truck drivers racked up thousands of safety offences in a one-month Australasian-wide blitz in May.

The multi-agency crackdown, Operation Austrans, targeted heavy vehicles across Australia and New Zealand. Police and road, transport and safety agencies focused on fatigue, speed, drug use and compliance.

Some 1383 work diary breaches were issued, which included failing to take the required rest.

Almost 940 offences involved speeding, while 42 breaches involved either possessing, trafficking or using drugs, and 21 were for drink-driving.

More than 13,500 defect or breach notices were issued for not speed limiting.

“These are worrying numbers,” said Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), in a media statement.

“Heavy vehicles can weigh up to 65 tonnes and when they collide with another, smaller vehicle, such as a car or motorbike, the results are catastrophic,” he added.

For more details refer to blitz results.

Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Thirty per cent of workers’ deaths over the past decade have been due to truck-related incidents, says the latest Safe Work Australia report.

Between 2003 and 2012, 787 workers were killed in these incidents, according to the report, ‘Work-related fatalities involving trucks, Australia, 2003 to 2012’.

The report’s key findings state that 80 per cent of the incidents on public roads involved the death of the truck driver or passenger.

It also notes that 39 per cent of fatalities involved single-vehicle truck crashes while incidents that occurred while loading or unloading a vehicle accounted for 15 per cent of the fatalities, and repair and maintenance activities accounted for seven per cent.

Half of the truck-related fatalities occurred in the transport, postal and warehousing sector.

For more detail, visit the report.

Published on 22 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will start in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia on 10 February.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, the HVNL was initially meant to start last year.

“The NHVR recently took a very difficult decision to set aside the planned September commencement date, because we knew our IT systems needed more work,” said NHVR CEO Richard Hancock late last year.

“We have now done that work and can confidently say we will be ready on 10 February.

“We have also been working closely with our regulatory partners, state and territory road transport authorities, local government and police agencies to support them with their preparations for the new national law.”

For more details, visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Published on 30 January 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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