Transport Safety Showcase a success


More than 300 trucking industry personnel attended the Transport Safety Showcase at the Port Of Brisbane

Transport Safety Showcase a success
Transport Safety Showcase a success

By Greg Bush | August 7, 2013

The Queensland Government’s Transport Safety Showcase, held yesterday at the Port of Brisbane, brought together some of the biggest names in road transport with the aim of minimising the risk of fatalities and injuries throughout the industry.

The showcase was part of Queensland Workplace Health and Safety’s ‘Zero Harm At Work’ initiative.

Toll, Russell Transport Swire Cold Storage, Cement Australia, Patrick, Simon National Carriers and Puma Energy were among those who featured live displays.

Toll’s emphasis was on the rapid integration of the DriveCam camera system in its vehicles, while Simon’s promoted the correct procedure in the loading and unloading of trucks.

One of the most innovative displays was Russell Transport’s magnetic interchangeable signs, which are used to promote the trucking industry in a positive light.

Following feedback from the company’s drivers, Russell Transport’s 2012 Industry Safety Award winner Shane Gossner came up with the idea of placing simple messages such as ‘My Family Want Me Home Safe’ and ‘My Dad Drives This Truck’ on vehicles.

According to Gossner, it is a way of altering the general public’s image of the truck driver.

Queensland Police set up one of its roadside drug testing vans next to a Trans-Help Foundation van.

Company representatives ran question and answer sessions, and the day finished with a panel discussion featuring Toll NQX General Manager Greg Smith, All Purpose Transport General Manager Paul Kahlert, Simon National Carrier’s owner David Simon, Peter Keyte from the Port Of Brisbane, and Puma Energy General Manager of Transport Jim Raszyk.

Acting Deputy Director-General Dr Simon Blackwood from the Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland indicated the event’s success could see it being repeated in the future.

"A lot of people turned up and there were a lot of practical solutions on display from the transport industry," Blackwood says.

"I think, from our point of view, that’s the real value in days like this, to see industry sharing their safety solutions and, as a result we would obviously look forward to a reduction in injuries over time."

Blackwood says cooperation in the industry is the key to improving safety.

"We know that an industry like transport, there’s a lot of common problems that everybody confronts and through these safety showcases, everybody can walk away with some solutions," he says.




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