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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
57 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2013 There has been good progress made to improve safety across the supply chain, but more needs to be done, according to the nal session of the ALC Forum. Session Chair Ingilby Dickson, General Manager Supply Chain, BlueScope Steel, said 43 per cent of crashes involving heavy vehicles in New South Wales were not the fault of the heavy vehicle. He added that the freight task is growing, but the cost of accidents has gone down. Mr Dickson cited gures from Safe Work Australia, showing that transport and storage has one of the highest rates of serious claims, but it is coming down faster than the national trend. Conor O'Malley, General Manager of Logistics at Coles, said the ALC Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Practice (RLSC) provides industry with a targeted and effective mechanism to assist industry in meeting their chain of responsibility obligations. He stressed, however, that there needs to be a renewed focus by all of industry to grow the code's coverage to continue to drive improved safety outcomes across the supply chain. Richard Hancock, CEO, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, supported an assurance and audit scheme similar to those used by the Australian Tax Of ce and the ACCC. The national regulator will actively look at existing codes of practice, but added that they have to have suf cient rigour so the brand is not devalued. He said they would form part of the 'reasonable steps' defence under the law. Ron Finemore, Ron Finemore Transport, said the community wants trucks off the roads, but even with more rail, trucks will still be necessary. So the community needs a rating system that it can understand. That is why he supports the ve-star system. He argued that standards needed to lift across the industry. His company had 18 audits in a year. They need to be brought together and be tough. He would back paying auditors more if there were fewer, more thorough audits. Nick Capp, President Retail, Linfox, reminded delegates that current safety schemes such as the RLSC should not be overlooked. Linfox was an inaugural signatory to the Code, and Mr Capp said it is a valuable component of the company's strong commitment to safety. On the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, an audience member said that the TWU draft orders were very aggressive, and that there was a high level of complexity in the tribunal, which was very hard for small companies. The point was also made that enforcement is the core problem. If there is weak enforcement, unsafe operators obtain work and the system is worse. ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff said more regulation is not the answer; it is to enforce what you already have. He said the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal should stick to road safety and not stray into other Chain of responsibility and safety in the logistics supply chain SESSION 5 Ingilby Dickson, BlueScope Steel; Conor O'Malley, Coles.