Hanson scores hat trick with national award for road safety program

HANSON’S Wolffdene Quarry has received a national award for a local road safety initiative developed by its staff to educate young drivers about safe practices in the vicinity of heavy vehicles.

The 2012 Australian Road Safety Award for Innovation was presented to Hanson’s senior managers Reno Fabretto, Hayden Post, Alan Bennett at a gala dinner in Sydney last week.
It was the third accolade for the initiative in the past six months, which has also been recognised with state and industry innovation awards.

Quarry staff collaboratively developed the program this year for local senior school students to raise awareness about how trucks and cars can safely coexist on the road.

It includes a presentation about the quarry’s operations; truck fleet; driver qualifications; training and monitoring; and key issues on the road such as blind spots, braking distances, turning circles, overtaking, situation awareness and the dangers of tailgating.

Case studies, YouTube videos and an interactive workshop allowing students to board a haulage truck to see blind spots and experience visibility from the cab also form part of the presentation.

In addition, Wolffdene Quarry’s drivers voluntarily attend to impart some of their own experiences on the road and provide safety tips.

The Hanson team was thrilled to receive the national award on behalf of the team that had developed the program in response to community concerns about young drivers and local road statistics.

Mr Fabretto praised the efforts and enthusiasm of South East Queensland transport manager, Hayden Post, and South East Queensland driver trainer, Allan Bennett, who had been instrumental in developing and delivering the presentation.

“At Wolffdene Quarry we have up to 200 trucks travelling to and from Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast each day and safety on the roads is absolutely paramount for our business,” he said.

“Hanson has always run courses and training sessions for its truck drivers but this year we decided to share our expertise and the road safety message with young adults in surrounding neighbourhoods.

“Our truck drivers are local residents with kids who attend local schools and drive on local roads and this is an issue close to our hearts.

“I’m extremely proud of the team behind this initiative and delighted by the response we’ve had in such a short period of time.”

Mr Fabretto said presentation has been successfully delivered to several local schools in 2012 and was so well received that it had been made an annual program at several schools’ request.

He said the aim now was to spread the word even further afield and make the program available to all schools in the vicinity of Hanson’s quarry operations throughout Queensland.

“This presentation is about education and working together to ensure our roads are safe and we plan to would roll out training in its purpose and delivery for key personnel at our other eight Queensland quarries,” Mr Fabretto said.

“We believe it could eventually be adapted for use across our industry and to others involving heavily vehicle movements.

“It is a relatively simple, low-cost grassroots initiative that could have a lasting impact on road safety, young driver behaviour and the wider community.”

For more information, contact media officer Carolyn Tucker on 0412 285 884.

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