Transport business fined $9000 over fatigued drivers

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A transport company was fined $9000 for nine charges (plus $11000 in costs) on Friday 17 August.

Eight charges related to Taramore Pty Ltd, trading as Ontraq Haulage for failing to ensure drivers drove within the prescribed hours to appropriately manage fatigue.

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 place a responsibility on employers to manage fatigue and assist drivers by having appropriate systems in place. 

Without such systems, the drivers exceeded the amount of permitted work time without having a break of at least seven consecutive hours.

The ninth charge related to Taramore Pty Ltd for allowing a person to drive when he was not certified fit by a medical practitioner.

WorkSafe Commissioner, Lex McCulloch said that driver fatigue is a significant risk to the safety of long haul drivers and to the public.

"The importance of the management of fatigue is well known and recognised as a serious risk by the industry. There are real dangers when fatigued transport workers drive and it is disappointing when there are cases like this," Mr McCulloch said.

Relevant information about driving safely and managing work hours can be found at our section on fatigue management for commercial drivers.

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Media contact:
Caroline Devaney
0408927563

WorkSafe
Media release
30 Aug 2012

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