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Safety grants support forestry transport

More than 300 participants across the forestry supply chain are expected to attend the next round of safety workshops hosted by the Australian Forestry Contractors Association (AFCA), according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the safety workshops, which target operators and loaders that contract to the forestry industry, was supported by Commonwealth Government funding through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program.

“Our commitment to a safer heavy vehicle industry will also improve business outcomes and conditions for the forestry sector,” said Petroccitto.

“The Australian Forestry Contractors Association working with Engistics, have developed new safety material using funding from the program to provide safety advice relating to truck rollover, load restraint risks and Chain of Responsibility obligations for this industry.”

Workshops have already been delivered in key forestry areas including Albany and Bridgetown in southern Western Australia, as well as Caloundra and Gympie in south east Queensland.

The next round of workshops will be delivered in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia in the coming months.

“The workshops we’ve held so far have been very well attended,” said AFCA General Manager, Stacey Gardiner.

“Industry participants have commented that this has allowed them to improve their understanding of Chain of Responsibility laws and hear about recent research and findings regarding key risks specific to industry, especially relating to load restraint.

“The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding has enabled AFCA to deliver a national program of relevant and targeted content, face-to-face to our industry.”

The NHVR is now calling for submissions for the next round of heavy vehicle safety projects. Petroccitto said groups like AFCA were demonstrating how industry-led programs could deliver significant benefits.

“The first two rounds have seen $7.72 million invested in 17 projects, including this project, to improve safety for heavy vehicle drivers, operators and general road users,” said Petroccitto. “I encourage other associations and peak bodies with exposure to heavy vehicle safety risks, and that are looking to implement projects to address these risks, to apply for funding under round three.”

Applications for round three funding will reportedly close 23 February 2018.

(Image: National Heavy Vehicle Regulator CEO, Sal Petroccitto.)

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