Traffic Management Workshop 2018

By on April 9, 2018

CMPA Secretariat reports on the successful day recently held in Bendigo for CMPA members.

Traffic Management Workshop

On 1st March 2018 the CMPA held a workshop on Traffic Management to inform members on their regulatory requirements. Also to provide an understanding of how a risk management process works and can be used to establish and successfully implement a traffic management plan specific to their site.

The main objectives of the day was to provide participants with an understanding of what could be best practice Traffic Management in the Construction Materials Industry. An understanding of how to apply the CMPA Traffic Management Guideline in their workplaces and to review the existing CMPA Traffic Management Guideline so as to ensure its currency and identify any opportunities to improve the Guideline.

The day commenced at the All Seasons in Bendigo with about 24 CMPA members in attendance.

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The workshop was facilitated by David McKelvie of Safemix who took us through the key areas of the guideline. The purpose of a Traffic Management Plan is to:

  • Ensure the delineation of mobile equipment, on road trucks, light vehicles and pedestrians so far as is reasonably practicable so that any interaction between these parties is controlled and does not result in an incident causing personal injury, property or environmental damage
  • Create a safe, effective and smooth traffic flow into and throughout the site in the most efficient and economical manner possible
  • Provide information to employees, contractors and visitors
Tony Ferrazza, WorkSafe Victoria presenting during the Traffic Management Workshop

Tony Ferrazza, WorkSafe Victoria presenting during the Traffic Management Workshop

 

We then had a short presentation from Worksafe Victoria. Tony Ferrazza and Michael (Harry) Terry presented on traffic management in quarries and focused on onsite activities. They produced statistics and spoke about each site being different to the other. Harry mentioned the first thing they note when visiting a site is the entrance and traffic management in place. He said he feels at ease when he sees a well-managed site. A lot of their presentation supported the CMPA presentation and guideline document.

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A workers lunch brought opportunities to network with fellow members and to discuss what had been learned during the morning’s presentations.

After lunch Franca Chick and Julieanne Lecompte from VicRoads discussed the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and the new laws that are coming on 1st July 2018.

Franka Chick, VicRoads presenting during the Traffic Management Workshop.

Franka Chick, VicRoads presenting during the Traffic Management Workshop.

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will be amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. In practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety. As a party in the supply chain, the best way to do this is to have safety management systems and controls in place, such as business practices, training, procedures and review processes that:

  • identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk
  • manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements through identified best practice
  • involve regular reporting, including to executive officers
  • document or record actions taken to manage safety

Further discussions were had on some of the online tools NHVR can provide such as Safety Management Systems, the CoR Gap Assessment, guides on Risk Management and Registered Industry Codes of Practice.

Good debate and talking points from the attendees were had around:

How does the ‘one truck’ operator comply and how do we as a quarry sector ensure they comply?

How do we know an ex bin truck is roadworthy?

How do we manage multiple trucks per day?

Where does it become ‘their responsibility’?

At the conclusion of the workshop discussions were had around changes to be made to the CMPA Traffic Management Guideline which are to be updated in the coming months.

Before attendees jumped on a bus to visit Allstone Quarries, Newbridge. Brad Carr, Quarry Manager for Allstone Quarries, provided a brief insight into the development and workings of the hard rock site and conducted a group induction.

The attendees also viewed the Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for the Newbridge Quarry on the whiteboard before seeing the site in person and going through the TMP whilst on the bus.

Expectations were met with participants gaining a further understanding of the traffic management issues.

“Overall another good CMPA event with most people taking something away from the day”

“Thank you CMPA for giving us a chance to workshop and get people thinking.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day, made new contacts and good to visit another quarry.”

Site Visit to Allstone Quarries

Site Visit to Allstone Quarries

Thanks to all who helped make the day such a success especially our sponsors Flow Power and Epiroc and the presenters from VicRoads Franca Chick and Julieanne Lecompte and the regulators
from WorkSafe Victoria Tony Ferrazza and Michael (Harry) Terry.

Thank you to David McKelvie from Safemix for facilitating the workshop and to Allstone Quarries for allowing us to visit their quarry.

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