Plan ahead to avoid panic at accidents, trucking told

Trucking operators urged to put in place plans to avoid panic at accident scenes

By Ruza Zivkusic | July 21, 2011

Every transport company needs to have a plan in place to avoid panic at accident scenes, the country’s largest truck and trailer accident repair specialist says.

Speaking at the national conference of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association and the Livestock Transporters Association of Victoria, Jamie Chandler from Royan Trucks and Trailer Repairs says planning can prevent accidents.

"No tow is the same, there’s panic and it comes back to the owner to have a plan in place. If you don’t have one that scene will be chaotic for hours," Chandler says.

"If you have cattle on board, once ejected they’re that frightened that they’ll bolt. It doesn’t matter whether there is a hit on with a car or the driver has gone to sleep, the operator of the vehicle is pretty upset – he’s facing the chance of losing his job and he’s panicking.

"That’s one thing a lot of companies forget and that’s driver welfare."

Background on the driver and information about his family and welfare is important to understand the cause behind the accident, Chandler says.

Companies are also reminded to take photos of the accident scene for their insurer, which makes a claim process smoother.

Department of Primary Industries senior veterinary officer Mike Jeffers says safety is the number one priority once his employees attend an accident site.

"Quite often we get there and 10 people think they’re in charge. It’s going around in circles and we try to find out who should be in charge," he says.

Removing dead or live stock takes time as they are either scattered at the scene or injured on the highway, he adds.

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