The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently warned executives of heavy vehicle supply chain businesses to know their responsibilities under the revised Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws. The warning comes after a number of current investigations, more than 8 months down the line.
NHVR statutory compliance executive director Ray Hassall said the regulator is currently undertaking six COR investigations and a further eight cases are being monitored.
Hassall said the investigations being conducted revolved around serious systemic breaches, all which include executive officers of companies in addition to other roles in the supply chain.
“It’s important that executives make themselves aware of the responsibility associated with their interactions with the heavy vehicle supply chain.” he said.
He went on to highlight the allegations included in the investigations such as poor load restraint practices, ineffective driver monitoring systems, directions to disregard work/rest requirements, absence of safety management systems to precent non-compliance.
The NHVR highlighted that executive officers have an obligation to ensure parties in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) comply with their requirements.
“This may be described as a comprehensive appraisal of business systems and activities to establish methodology or evaluate performance of safe goods transportation,” it says.
“Each party in the heavy vehicle supply chain was liable and responsible to the extent of their level of influence and control over the particular transport task.”
In addition to these investigations, the regulator is also monitoring 4 supply chain businesses that are required to improve safety practices.
The regulator said it had a variety of tools available for operators through its’ Safety Management System or the Registered Industry Code of Practice.
Mr Hassall also brought attention to the section of the law protecting employees from employer punishment for giving authorities information or making a complaint.
The regulator also established The NHVR National Investigations Team, to work in coordination with state agencies, focussing on fatal incidents. The team is led by experienced investigator, former police and workplace health and safety officer Steve Underwood.