TWU tours Crawfords Freightlines yard

Union receives guided inspection of Crawfords Freightlines’ yard.

TWU tours Crawfords Freightlines yard
Peter Crawford says the TWU was given a comprehensive tour of his company's operations.


New South Wales company Crawfords Freightlines has conducted an inspection of its Sandgate head office with representatives from the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

The walk-through came after the TWU called for a WorkCover NSW investigation at the workplace.

Two unrelated deaths occurred at Crawfords in the last few months, and there have been allegations from union members that the yard lacked safety protocols.

Crawfords managing director Peter Crawford says the tour allowed the company to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to strict safety procedures in its loading and unloading areas.

"We were able to clearly demonstrate how Crawfords Freightlines work within the regulatory framework, adhering to long-held safety protocols and procedures for all of our employees as well as visiting contractors," he says.

The company is currently in the process of improving road markings and signage onsite, he adds. This is in accordance with a WorkCover NSW directive that followed the most recent tragedy at the site.

A forklift driver was killed in a physical altercation after his forklift collided with a truck.

An earlier fatality involved a contract tyre centre employee, who died while carrying out repairs to a forklift.

Crawford says this had been a failure of procedures and the man’s employer – not Crawfords Freightlines – had been issued with an improvement notice from WorkCover as a result.

No improvement notices were issued against Crawfords Freightlines after that incident.

But the TWU has indicated it still lacks confidence in the company’s safety measures and procedures.

A spokesman says the union had seen a lot of work and new equipment, but he remained concerned the tour was "just for show".

The union is maintaining its call for a WorkCover NSW investigation.


Crawfords says it is in the process of improving road markings and signage at its yard.

Posted by Owner Driver on Thursday, 20 August 2015


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