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New safety app for transport workers

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A truck safety training tool has been released for the induction of drivers in the NSW road freight industry.

SafeWork NSW and Lindsay Transport partnered to develop the app, which promotes safer work practices across supply chains.

Lisa Foley, SafeWork Director of WHS Services Regional, says the augmented reality phone or online app will guide a driver through processes for entering or exiting the cabin, as well as coupling and uncoupling trailers.

The app also instructs drivers on how to conduct safety inspections and prevent vehicle rollaway incidents.

“The nature of the work in the transport industry makes it a high-risk for workplace fatalities and serious injuries, with major claims for injuries are around 50 percent greater than the average employment sector,” Lisa says.

“The augmented reality application can be used in a studio mode or artificial environment, or it can be used with the truck in place in a real world environment. The format is process driven and establishes a workflow requiring the user to interact with the driver and truck wherever it is located.”

The new app was produced as part of an enforceable undertaking with Lindsay Transport, which included a three-month radio media campaign targeting driver fatigue, speeding, use of mobile phones and uncontrolled movement of vehicles.

Kim Lindsay, Lyndsay Australia CEO, says the company had worked closely with SafeWork to deliver important safety messages to keep transport in the supply chain safe.

“The transport industry is a dangerous industry, –we are working with large plant and equipment on a daily basis. This free tool which supports new workers through their systems of work can only improve safety around the vehicle,”says Kim.

To access the app, click here.

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