Tanker conference to share lessons on rollovers

A bulk tanker conference to be held next month will look at ways to reduce the risk of rollovers

September 24, 2010

A tanker conference to be held in Melbourne next month will look at ways to reduce the risk of vehicle rollovers.

Organised by a variety of industry groups, the Bulk Tanker Emergency Response conference will bring together field experts to provide insight into what can go wrong with bulk tankers and what can be done to prevent rollovers.

Speakers will include senior representatives of the NSW Fire Brigade, OAMPS Insurance Brokers and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.

"We believe that prevention is better than cure. This day is really important to understand why things can go wrong and what companies can do to minimise the risk of a tanker rollover," OAMPS’ manager of fuel and transport industries, Grant Stillman, says.

The event will also be used to launch the Emergency Response Rollover Training Package.

It was initially developed by the NSW Fire Brigade and the Canberra and Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group and has been extended by the National Bulk Tanker Association as a national package covering all classes of dangerous goods.

"This is an industry initiative that everyone has contributed to and should be justly proud," Cootes Transport manager and NBTA Chairman Alan Yates says.

"AFAC, CROIERG, NSW Fire Brigade, NBTA, OAMPS and many others have put in countless hours to work towards a safer outcome for bulk tankers."

The training program will be run by registered training organisations (RTO) and will teach participants training skills to deal with on-site issues and spills.

NBTA Executive Director Rob Perkins says more work needs to be done to improve the way tanker emergencies are handled. He says fire fighters are not trained to deal with the various amounts of chemicals that may spill from a rollover or how to move a tanker without causing further damage to the vehicle, load and environment.

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