NSW launches transport industry injury reduction initiative

Strategy aims to tackle common accident sources as well as mental hearth

NSW launches transport industry injury reduction initiative
SafeWork NSW director southern operations Lisa Foley, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command senior sergeant Mick Timms, better regulation minister Matt Keane, RMS director of compliance Roger Weeks, SafeWork operations executive director Tony Williams


Reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the transport industry is the aim of a new strategy launched by the New South Wales government.

State minister for better regulation Matt Kean says the centrality of the road freight transport sector to a healthy economy underlines the importance of its workforce.

"This industry is a crucial part of our state, not only for the almost 160,000 road freight workers it employs, but also because it keeps NSW moving," Kean says.

"Our Coalition government has met and exceeded the national targets for reducing both workplace-related deaths by 20 per cent and injuries by 30 per cent.

"Sadly though, we still see more than 6,400 claims for workplace injuries in the transport sector each year and that’s simply not good enough.

"That’s why we’ve designed the Transport Work Health and Safety Sector Plan – to help the people who keep our State moving, return home from work every day without injuries."

Read about safety initiatives in the state freight plan, here

Government statistics show hazardous manual tasks accounted for more than 40 per cent of all claims, followed by falls, being hit by objects or vehicle accidents.

"Despite an overall reduction in major claims for injuries in recent years, serious injuries and fatalities continue to occur," Kean says.

"Those incidents aren’t just on the road, they also happen when vehicles are being loaded and during routine maintenance."

The Transport Work Health and Safety Sector Plan aims to:

  • improve standards for working from the ground when loading and unloading vehicles
  • ensure businesses develop a traffic management plan
  • promote the principles of ‘three points of contact’ when getting in and out of vehicles.

"I want to say – this isn’t just about physical health. We know mental health is increasingly important, and that’s why another priority in our plan is creating mentally healthy workplaces," Kean says.

A mental and physical health awareness and compliance program will be implemented as part of the plan, with inspectors visiting workplaces across NSW.

More details of the plan can be found here.


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