NSW EPA ramps up dangerous goods prosecutions


Second company in a month fined for noncompliance

NSW EPA ramps up dangerous goods prosecutions
NSW EPA has issued a second dangerous good transport fine in a month

 

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined freight company Vellex $8,000 after one of its contracted trucks allegedly failed to comply with the safety requirements for its load of flammable liquids in Newcastle.

On December 10, 2018, EPA officers inspected a Vellex-contracted vehicle at Kooragang and found the truck's load of 72 drums containing flammable liquids was not properly secured.

The EPA issued three penalty notices to the company and also issued the truck driver with an official caution.

It alleges that inspection revealed that the vehicle failed to meet several safety requirements including:

• the drums were not stowed behind rigid sides as required by the Australian Dangerous Goods Code

• not carrying compliant transport documentation or emergency information

• not equipped with the required Emergency Information Holders, fire extinguisher, eye wash kit or intrinsically safe torch.

It comes after Mainfreight was also recently prosecuted for noncompliance in the state.


Read more about the Mainfreight case, here


EPA director Hunter region Karen Marler says the safety requirements for dangerous loads were necessary to ensure community and environmental safety.

"The dangerous goods safety requirements are non-negotiable," Marler says.

"If these non-compliant vehicles were to be involved in an accident, the lack of safety devices would mean the driver and the community would be at an elevated risk and the emergency services response would be hindered.

"The EPA and NSW Police continue to undertake dangerous goods inspections to ensure the safety of those in the transport chain and to minimise the risks to first responders, the community and the environment."

The EPA says Vellex has committed to implement revised procedures and systems to ensure compliance in transporting dangerous goods.

 

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