All truck drivers leaving the Hyne Timber Tumbarumba mill during the day pulled in for a conversation on driver wellbeing and fatigue, chain of responsibility and load construction, said HVP Plantations’ Northern Customer & Haulage Manager, Steve Blake.
“Around 45 drivers had the chance to talk to forestry industry representatives on what they need to be safer on the road,” Mr Blake said.
Forest owners and managers representing around 95 per cent of the local industry worked together to plan the event, including HVP Plantations, Forestry Corporation of NSW, Hyne Timber, PF Olsen, Southern Cross and Hume Forests.
“This is one of the ways we are engaging the forestry transport industry on safety and our focus is on a two way conversation so we can target future actions,” said Forestry Corporation Haulage & Sales Manager, Linda Cotterill.
“Hearing drivers’ stories of working in the forest industry really bought home what a big part of our community it is and how much people care about it.”
Special guest Alan Pincott from Australian Trucking Safety Services and Solutions was also on hand to talk to drivers about their needs and concerns
“It was great to see a holistic and unified approach and have the chance to meet drivers who know their stuff – the forest industry is ahead of others in this space.”
Hyne Timber’s Green Mill Manager, Angela Pappin, was also very pleased with the day and conversations flowing from it.
“It was a great joint effort, collaboration and opportunity to listen to drivers”.