Future Safe Industry Forum: Staying safe around heavy vehicles

24 March 2021

How to keep pedestrians and vulnerable road users safe when intersecting with heavy vehicles was a key topic at our industry-wide Heavy Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety Forum.

 
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Moderator of the Forum, Ellen Fanning, Australian journalist, and host of the
news and current affairs program The Drum on ABC TV and Holcim CEO
George Agriogiannis.

The Future Safe Industry Forum was Hosted by Ellen Fanning, Australian journalist, and host of the news and current affairs program The Drum on ABC TV and ABC News Channel. The Forum provided an opportunity to foster a greater understanding of both the risks associated with heavy vehicle interactions, and also to build awareness of the roles of both the industry and the broader community in delivering greater safety for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

Our industry-wide Forum was a virtual event held on 24 March 2021 - but since the sessions were recorded, so you can still hear from a diverse selection of key speakers including Holcim CEO George Agriogiannis, and Head of Safety, Rocky Armstrong.  

Focus sessions held throughout the day covered: safety strategies and best practices; managing risk of plant pedestrian interface; sharing roads safely; leadership and culture on fatality elimination control; road safety risks; protecting vulnerable road users; industrial traffic management; telematics; vehicle active and passive safety features; and the best practice library. 

The Forum concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Ellen Fanning and including Queensland State Manager of Hymix, Kristin Devlin; CEO of Holcim Australia & New Zealand, George Agriogiannis; General Manager Gunlake, Angus Richmond; CEO of Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, Ken Slattery; and General Manager Supply Chain & Logistics Cement Australia Blair Price.

 
Best Practice Library

The Best Practice Library on heavy vehicle and pedestrian safety contains resources for download and sharing. We welcome you to share the resources with others who you think might benefit from them.

 

 

Industry Panel Discussion

Hosted by Ellen Fanning, Australian journalist, and host of the news and current affairs program The Drum on ABC TV and ABC News Channel the panel discussion examines how industry leaders are taking measures to improve safety as it relates to pedestrians and heavy vehicle interactions.

The panel includes Queensland State Manager of Hymix, Kristin Devlin; CEO of Holcim Australia & New Zealand, George Agriogiannis; General Manager Gunlake, Angus Richmond; CEO of Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, Ken Slattery; and General Manager Supply Chain & Logistics Cement Australia Blair Price.

 

Best Practice Library

Rocky Armstrong

10 minute introduction to the Best Practice Library.

 

Mercedes-Benz Truck Advanced Safety Systems

Noel Griffiths

Mercedes-Benz Trucks are committed to protecting the most vulnerable road users; pedestrians and cyclists; by supporting the driver with active and passive safety features. These features will be covered in detail, additionally we will discuss further advanced safety systems and innovations designed to avoid accidents or reduce their consequences.

 

Telematics and its correlation within Heavy Vehicle Safety

Michael Ryan

In this talk we will be covering how telematics works in to our day to day operations allowing us to have better controls in place for fatigue management, load management, safe operation of equipment and road rule compliance. We will also outline the risks and potential outcomes from neglecting these four controls and how they impact other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. Having a background and businesses in both the telematics and transport industry my goal is to better educate how technology can be applied to the transport industry in many different areas to make a safer environment for all, not only from an ideological standpoint but also from a practical one as an owner/operator.

 

Industrial Traffic Management – Key Risks and Improvement Opportunities

Sean Carlson

Discuss key Traffic Management Risks and mitigation including implementation strategies. Focus will be on interactions between Pedestrians and Heavy Vehicles or Mobile Plant.

 

Sharing Road Safety – Protecting Vulnerable Road Users

Dr Marilyn Johnson

We can’t just copy and paste international driver training courses and expect it to work. Despite the success of best practice training, the Australian heavy vehicle and construction industry has unique concerns and insights that require a collaborative approach to developing driver training for local conditions. This session will provide an overview of the Sharing Road Safely course which is based on international best practice and has been developed for Australian conditions. Starting with the timeline for the development of the course and the process of collaboration, piloting and refining, the session will detail the key issues that were identified by representatives from the heavy vehicle industry and the suggestions that have been developed to create new and powerful content. Details of the course will be presented to provide an overview of the three modules: online, facilitated workshop and on-road.

 

Towards Zero – A Heavy Vehicle Perspective

Bernard Carlon

This session will look at the Towards Zero vision and safe system principles that underpin road safety efforts in NSW and across Australia. It will focus on heavy vehicles - identifying key crash statistics, road safety risks and looking at how we can all work together to create a safe road network for all users that is free of death and serious injury.

 

Vehicle Pedestrian Critical Risk Management, Leadership & Culture

Richard Coleman

This session will cover the Fatality Elimination Control approach applied at Laing O’Rourke to minimise the risk of a vehicle/pedestrian critical event. In addition, it will make the link to the importance of leadership and culture to ensure fatality elimination controls are in place and effective.

 

CLOCS a New Paradigm in Sharing Road Safely, We All Win!

Jerome Carslake

When people hit the road, they’re all experts, it’s their right to be there. The thing is every road user makes mistakes, even the best. The question is how do we reduce the crash impact when a mistake is made? For trucks this is incredibly hard. For the largest vehicle on the road many road users have no idea how to safely interact with them. Sadly, the statistics illustrate how the majority of fatal incidents involving a truck are not the fault of the driver but of the third party. The truck being so large brings more mass to the incident; even at a low speed these can be fatal. So, knowing this we add more trucks to our cities to service massive infrastructure projects so people can get around easier and safer. See a potential issue??? Add in how tribal all road users are, their mode, their right. There is no way to engineer out the risk but instead a shared responsibility and everyone doing their part. This is CLOCS. This presentation will explore how the heavy vehicle construction sector does their part. How can we change the thinking from its everyone else that’s the problem and not me to we are all in this?

 

Downers Approach to Plant Pedestrian Interface – The Red Zone

Jim Appleby

The session will provide an insight into how at Downer we manage the critical risk of plant pedestrian interface – ‘The redzone’. It will also include the mechanism we used to develop the concept, role the concept out and successfully embed it in our teams.

 

Safety Strategies & Best Practices

Greg Fill

A regulator’s perspective of current and emerging safety risk controls and initiatives that help reduce crashes and incidents where heavy vehicles and vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists interact.

 

Transport Sector WHS Plan Update

Lisa Foley

Safety Around Your Vehicle (SAYV) is designed to focus on work health and safety awareness and education for high-risks tasks that are performed around the vehicle, which include traffic management, loading and unloading, ancillary tasks and unintended vehicle movement. Key messages to be delivered in this session will focus on traffic management at worksites, including the development of best practice traffic management plans, importance of site inductions, establishing planning and communication, identifying safe zones for drivers, and fundamentally the separation of people, product and plant on all worksites.