Queensland vehicle loading crane blitz underway

By: Rob McKay

Few excuses likely to be entertained after six month grace period

Queensland vehicle loading crane blitz underway
VLCs are under the compliance spotlight in Queensland


The long-awaited Queensland vehicle loading crane (VLC) safety campaign started this month.

The campaign, a joint initiative between Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and Transport and Main Roads (TMR), was flagged in March, with the intervening time aimed to allow owners to get their equipment and operations in order.

The impetus was a spate of fatal but avoidable accidents in the state in the months before the action was announced.

"We leading the inspections on VLCs," a TMC spokesperson tells ATN.

"We conducted two operations as part of this initiative.

"As part of these operations 98 vehicles have been intercepted, with nine infringements, 11 defect notices and one formal warning issued."

The campaign includes on-road inspections of VLCs and assessments of work systems.


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