WA warning on dangerous goods transport

Police operation uncovers shortfall in compliance with Dangerous Goods Safety Act on range of issues

January 31, 2013

An ongoing Western Australia Police operation backed by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) in the Wheatbelt District has resulted in a warning to the transport and logistics industry on dangerous goods compliance.

Police gave details of two incidents.

Last Friday, 450 litres of chlorine gas was discovered in a load of other goods after a truck was pulled over in Cunderdin.

"The driver was not carrying correct documentation or personal protective equipment and the vehicle was not displaying dangerous goods placards," a spokesman says.

"In that case, both the driver and the company will be summoned
to court for several offences."

The truck had been "grounded" until arrangements could be made for it to be secured in a holding yard.

On Saturday, near Meckering, a truck was directed on to the Northam roadtrain assembly area for an inspection.

Segregation issues with dangerous goods also arose. The trailer was sealed and the driver instructed to take it to the company’s Perth depot for inspection by DMP officers.

"All drivers of vehicle carrying dangerous goods are reminded of their obligations under legislation and that heavy penalties apply for breaches," the spokesman says.

"The risk to the public and emergency service personnel, in the event of a crash, fire or other incident involving a vehicle carrying dangerous goods, is enormous and it is vital that attending services have accurate information on the materials being carried."

It is understood the focus on dangerous goods has been underway for about
two months.

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