ALRTA-NHVR Safety Innovation Award winner announced


Clarke’s operational safety program at Hopkins Transport gets industry recognition

ALRTA-NHVR Safety Innovation Award winner announced
Dean Clarke's (second from left) safety program received $5,000 development fund.

 

Dean Clarke from NSW-based Hopkins Transport has won the 2017 Safety Innovation Award by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

The award recognises Clarke’s efforts in emphasising the need to execute correct and consistent safe operating procedures through the roll out of an company-wide safety initiative program at Hopkins Transport.

Apart from a finalist certificate, Clarke has been awarded a $5,000 safety development fund to boost his safety program.

The award was presented by NHVR safety and productivity executive director Geoff Casey at this year’s Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV) Conference in Torquay on Friday.

The ALRTA-HNVR Safety Innovation Award is a joint government-industry initiative that recognises and rewards rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)-related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Other finalists included:

Athol Carter, Frasers Transport, QLD
For undertaking a complete organisational safety review and implemented processes and training to improve operations where safety improvement opportunities were identified.

Graham Hoare, Martin Group, NSW
For introducing lower speeds set in speed limiter and GPS based alert system for speeding. Achieved 90 per cent less speed occurrence since introduction of new systems.

Marcus Watson, Marley’s Transport, WA
For installing seeing machines to fleet vehicles identified as high risk. This influenced safer driving behaviour and reduced driver fatigue and loss of concentration on the road.

Peter Callanan, Shanahan’s Livestock Transport, VIC
For improving carrier-customer communications and expectations to more safely and better manage livestock loads and driver rest.

Ron Harvey, Dennis Transport, SA
For undertaking extensive review into safety risks to improve safety procedures. Introduced measures to counter identified risks such as live fatigue feeds, GPS vehicle tracking, speed controls and safety refresher training.

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