Mainfreight fined for dangerous goods transport

NSW EPA reminds transport operators of safety obligations

Mainfreight fined for dangerous goods transport
NSW EPA says Mainfreight has sought to ensure future compliance


The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) reports that transport company Mainfreight Distribution Pty Ltd has been fined $4,000 for allegedly failing to carry the required safety equipment while transporting dangerous goods in Mayfield West last year.

The NSW EPA issued Mainfreight a penalty notice following an inspection of a vehicle load, on December 10, which included 16 drums of xylene, a flammable liquid used in industrial applications.

It was alleged the truck was not equipped with the required safety equipment, including fire extinguisher, chemically resistant gloves, eye wash kit and correct torch.

EPA notes Mainfreight had been prosecuted twice for dangerous goods transportation offences in recent years, but has "committed to implementing revised procedures and systems to ensure future compliance".

Read more about the previous Mainfreight prosecutions, here

"It’s essential trucks carrying dangerous goods are equipped with the correct safety equipment," EPA Hunter director Karen Marler says in a statement.

"This is critically important for the protection of the driver and first responders in the event that something goes wrong.

"We’ve seen plenty of evidence in recent times of the dangers involved from incidents involving heavy vehicles carrying flammable goods when things do go wrong."


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