06:10 pm, Wednesday 15 May, 2013
The heavy freight industry is considered one of the most dangerous in NSW. Over 5500 injuries and 29 fatalities were recorded from 2008 to 2010.
Trucking is regarded as one of the most high risk industries in the state, with more than 5500 injuries recorded over three years, from 2008 to 2010, along with 29 fatalities.
WorkCover NSW launched a transport action plan yesterday in Orange with the aim being to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses in the transport industry.
The plan is the result of collaboration and consultation with business, industry and workers over the last couple of years.
John Watson, WorkCover’s work health and safety general manager, said that there are four main issues that are the focus of the plan:
- Onsite traffic management systems
- Loading and getting out of trucks
- Return to work and injury management
- Driver wellness
He said that inadequate traffic management is a big factor when it comes to injuries and fatalities as a result of being struck by a vehicle in a loading zone.
Mr Watson said that the new plan is designed to fix safety issues in the transport industry and incorporate areas such as driver wellness to help prevent long term issues occurring.
In the three years that the consultation took place for this plan workplace injuries in the NSW transport industry cost $157 million.