Logging truckThe road freight transport industry exposes truck drivers to a wide variety of hazards and risks. One of the ways to help minimise these risks is to undertake regular truck maintenance.

In 2013 to ensure the safety of logging trucks WorkSafe Tasmania partnered with the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources to undertake regular state-wide compliance inspections and random inspections to target log trucks at loading and unloading areas.

Inspectors coordinated and led the inspection program which saw 50 log trucks inspected. During these inspections 34 defects were identified, including:

2013 Log Truck Defects Detected Number
defective personal protective equipment 10 trucks
expired items in first aid kits 7 trucks
logs located above the top of truck stanchions or cab guard 6 trucks
defective load binders 5 trucks
Outside logs with less than 300 mm past stanchions 4 trucks
loose items inside of cabin 3 trucks
no first aid kit 3 trucks
defective cab guard 2 trucks
load binders not secured to bolsters 2 trucks
driver not wearing seat belt 1 truck
defective brakes 1 truck
no restraining bolt in bolster pin 1 truck

As part of this program inspectors also issued a number of improvement notices and prohibition notices to address the defects identified.

This inspection program will continue to help improve safety outcomes in the road transport industry with four regional inspection days scheduled for 2013-14.

More information

For more information on WorkSafe Tasmania’s logging truck inspection program visit the WorkSafe Tasmania website.

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