Chain of responsibility workshops focus on civil construction sector


Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) aims to keep industry up to speed on safety obligations.

 

New South Wales' road authority is in the midst of a chain of responsibility (COR) education program focusing on the civil construction and related road transport.

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) initiative comes as the state looks to ramp up infrastructure upgrades, with much of it around greater Sydney.

The RMS says education initiatives like COR workshops help change industry culture and practices.

"With a significant increase in the number of infrastructure projects taking place across the state, it is crucial heavy vehicles being operated as part of these projects are compliant with road transport law and any associated risks are properly managed," an RMS spokesperson says.

"These workshops provide an opportunity to engage with the civil construction industry and help review and understand its obligations regarding the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the chain of responsibility."

One workshop has already been held in Baulkham Hills, while the others will be held from 9am to 11.45am in Sydney on October 21, Newcastle on October 28 and Rooty Hill on November 13.

Those seeking more information about the sessions need to contact the RMS.

"Last year, Roads and Maritime inspectors carried out more than 550,000 heavy vehicle inspections to improve safety for all road users," the RMS spokesperson says.

"Roads and Maritime acknowledges the advances achieved by many companies operating in NSW but there is opportunity for improvement in safe road transport practices."

Individuals caught breaching their COR obligations can be fined more than $10,000, while penalties for corporations are five times the maximum for any individual.

 

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