ALRTA-NHVR Safety Innovation Award finalists named

Winner will be announced at the LRTAV Conference on August 11

ALRTA-NHVR Safety Innovation Award finalists named
Keenan says the applicants reflect a national culture shift towards addressing particular safety risks.


The Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association (ALRTA) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) have announced this year's finalists for the 2017 ALRTA/NHVR Safety Innovation Award.

The award is a joint government-industry initiative that recognises and rewards rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)-related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Apart from national recognition, the winner will receive a $5,000 safety development fund to further individual and organisational safety improvements.

The award will be presented at the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV) Conference on August 11 in Torquay.

ALRTA president Kevin Keenan says the award highlights the shared interest of government and industry in improving safety and compliance, and encourages a proactive approach to safety across the rural road transport sector.

Applications for this year's award came from five states – New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria.

"The great national representation illustrates a culture shift around the country towards identifying and addressing particular safety risks in their business," Keenan says.

"These finalists have identified a safety risk in their business and have implemented an innovation measure to combat this risk.

"We have seen some impressive results from such innovations and significant improvements to safety overall."

CEO Sal Petroccitto says the NHVR is pleased that ALRTA members and the industry in general is embracing the philosophy of safety.

"We want to encourage all operators to be proactive and responsible in doing everything they can to have the appropriate safety procedures in place," Petroccitto says.

This year's finalists are:

Athol Carter, Frasers Transport, QLD
Undertook a complete organisational safety review and implemented processes and training to improve operations where safety improvement opportunities were identified.

Dean Clarke, Hopkins Transport, NSW
Instilled an emphasis on correctly and consistently performing safe operating procedures through the roll out of an organisation-wide program.

Graham Hoare, Martin Group, NSW
Introduced lower speeds set in speed limiter and GPS based alert system for speeding. Achieved 90% less speed occurrence since introduction of new systems.

Marcus Watson, Marley’s Transport, WA
Installed seeing machines to fleet vehicles identified as high risk. This influenced safer driving behaviour and reduced driver fatigue and loss of concentration on the road.

Peter Callanan, Shanahan’s Livestock Transport, VIC
Improved carrier-customer communications and expectations to more safely and better manage livestock loads and driver rest.

Ron Harvey, Dennis Transport, SA
Undertook extensive review into safety risks to improve safety procedures. Introduced measures to counter identified risks such as live fatigue feeds, GPS vehicle tracking, speed controls and safety refresher training. 

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