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NHVR operation to boost heavy vehicle safety in construction

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is set to launch an on-road targeted operation in support of the construction sector.

The operation will be focused on mechanical safety and compliance with mass, dimension and loading requirements of heavy vehicles operating

NHVR COO, Paul Salvati, said it will commence this month and run for four weeks across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.

“Throughout the operation, we will prioritise education in the first instance to ensure operators and drivers have a clear understanding of the risks associated with non-compliance during heavy vehicle transport activities in the construction industry, and know how to manage them,” he said.

“Drivers and operators should always be practicing safe behaviours, such as implementing a daily check list to ensure the mechanical safety of vehicles, or utilising measuring devices, such as tape measures or height sticks, to confirm the vehicle and its load are within allowable dimensions.

“Managing safety risks can help prevent injuries and fatalities, avoid financial loss for the business, evade legal sanctions, enhance business reputation, and create a culture where informed safety decisions are made.”

In last year’s construction-focused national operation, the NHVR’s on-road officers inspected more than 1,200 vehicles, and according to Salvati, saw encouraging signs of compliance.

“Overall, 56.4 per cent of heavy construction vehicles were compliant across all HVNL categories, with especially high compliance across mass and loading,” he said.

“The results however, in the mechanical compliance category were indicative of the work we still have to do.

“Of the defective components identified, the most serious were in brakes, body and chassis, while others were found in lights and reflectors.”

The NHVR is urging all operators and drivers working in the construction industry to keep safety front of mind.

“Heavy vehicle hazards in the construction industry traditionally include loads not being properly restrained, vehicles exceeding mass or dimension limits and of course, the mechanical safety of vehicles, especially heavy rigid truck, and trailer combinations,” Salvati said.

“These may seem like standard risks, but they are amplified – especially on a construction site – by time pressures, constant loading and unloading, and the frequency of travel alongside other motorists on major roads and thoroughfares.”

In other news, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is transitioning heavy vehicle regulation services to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

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