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Safety Alert: Improving communication for isolated workers

The WA Government’s department of commerce has released a safety alert regarding the  level of communication readily available to truck drivers.  In 2011 a truck driver working alone died from heatstroke when he walked away from his bogged vehicle near Wiluna. In 2013/2014, WorkSafe will be conducting a campaign to raise awareness of the Coroner’s recommendations and to ensure compliance with legislative requirements related to truck drivers working alone.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations require any worker who is under isolated conditions, whether in a remote area or not (In most instances, a solitary truck driver is considered an isolated employee regardless of their geographical location), to be provided with:

  • The supply of clean, cool drinking water
  • A means of communication that is available to call for help in the case of an emergency
  • A procedure for regular contact to be made
  • Training in these contact procedures.

The department of commerce requires employers to undertake an assessment of  all truck routes, to ensure that a means of reliable communication is available at all times (GPS where necessary).

Contact Safebound about remote work, responsible and safe communication practices in the workplace, by calling (08) 6102 5400.

Retrieved from: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/PDF/Safety_alerts/2013/04_2013_Improving_communications_fo.pdf

Dated: 17/07/2013