Federal Safety Commissioner supports Road Safety Week
Every year more than 1,220 people are killed and another 35,000 are seriously injured on Australian roads. Road Safety Week (6 - 12 May) is an annual initiative created by the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group to honour those who have lost their lives or been injured on Australia’s roads. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and campaigns to reduce the number of crashes due to unsafe roads and driving.
Road Safety Week serves as a reminder that traffic management is a high visibility hazard that involves regular and consistent interaction between a construction site and the general public. Around five per cent of all incident reports submitted to the OFSC by Accredited companies are related to traffic control and motor vehicles. Where these incidents occur they are more likely to result in serious injuries.
The Federal Safety Commissioner requires Accredited companies to meet a high standard of compliance when managing traffic related hazards on site, including:
- Traffic risks are identified, assessed and controlled in accordance with the hierarchy of control,
- A traffic management plan is prepared by a qualified and licenced person, in accordance with legislation, codes of practice, and relevant standards and requirements,
- Site traffic management is implemented in accordance with the traffic management plan throughout the life of the project,
- All workers responsible for implementing traffic management are qualified and licenced,
- Ensuring traffic management is regularly inspected and monitored for tampering/vandalism, and reviewed for adequacy as the project develops, and
- Site specific emergency procedures are established to manage all potential emergencies associated with traffic management.
For more detail on Accreditation Scheme audit requirements please see the FSC Audit Criteria Guidelines.