Lindsay releases truck safety app as part of SafeWork NSW deal

Lindsay Transport has released a new truck safety training tool to further comply with a long-standing enforcement undertaking (EU) from SafeWork NSW.

The deal was struck in 2015 after the tragic death of a staff member engaged in the coupling and uncoupling of A- and B-double trailers using a tug truck at a western Sydney depot.

During the procedure, the tug truck and trailer combination moved and the worker was struck and crushed by the wheels of the B trailer.

The new app is the latest in a long list of safety-related undertakings totalling $1.496m.

“Lindsay Australia deeply regrets that the incident on 10 October 2015 occurred,” it said in the EU.

“The fact that a worker attended work and did not return home has had a profound effect on workers at the depot and across the business. Lindsay Australia is committed to ensuring that this type of accident does not occur again.”

SafeWork director of WHS services regional, Lisa Foley said the augmented reality phone or online app will guide a driver through processes for entering or exiting the cabin, how to safely couple and uncouple trailers, conducting safety inspections and preventing vehicle rollaway incidents.

“The nature of the work in the transport industry makes it a high-risk for workplace fatalities and serious injuries, with major claims for injuries are around 50 per cent greater than the average employment sector,” Foley said.

“We see serious injuries continue to occur when vehicles are being loaded and unloaded and during routine maintenance activities. But beyond the truck we are seeing workers being hit by moving objects, being trapped between objects and being impacted by a rollaway.

“The augmented reality application can be used in a studio mode or artificial environment, or it can be used with the truck in place in a real world environment. The format is process driven and establishes a workflow requiring the user to interact with the driver and truck wherever it is located.

“This training puts in place standards which will promote safe working environments. For example, before climbing into your cab on onto your vehicle you should get the mud off your shoes to stop you from slipping.”

The EU with Lindsay Transport also included a three-month radio media campaign targeting driver fatigue, speeding, use of mobile phones and uncontrolled movement of vehicles.

Lyndsay Australia CEO, Kim Lindsay, said the company had worked closely with SafeWork to deliver important safety messages for the industry, including developing the Augmented Reality app to improve training in high-risk areas.

“The transport industry is a dangerous industry, –we are working with large plant and equipment on a daily basis. This free tool which supports new workers through their systems of work can only improve safety around the vehicle,” Lindsay said.

For more information on the enforceable undertaking visit the NSW Government website. To access the app click here.

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