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Company fined $112,000 for repeat offences

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A Sydney-based excavation contractor and its subsidiary company has been fined $112,000, following 20 mass breaches and 94 defect notices, received over a 15-month period.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) says it prosecuted the contractor and its subsidiary company for a primary duty offence and two severe risk breaches after ongoing contraventions of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

Charges were laid against the company for breaching its duty to ensure the safety of its transport activities, which included a failure to have procedures and policies in place for vehicle maintenance and mass management.

The court fined the company $112,000 and made a Supervisory Intervention Order (SIO) with an expected cost of over $260,000. The order requires the company to do several safety initiatives including conducting training in compliance and implementing mass measurement devices on their fleet.

An SIO is a court order that requires a company to implement better practices or implement safety systems or procedures to ensure future compliance with the HVNL.

The subsidiary company received two separate fines for severe mass and dimension breaches, totalling $30,000.

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