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NHVR-ALRTA announces Safety Innovation Award winner

  • Posted on Sunday 20th, August 2017.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) have awarded the 2017 NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award to Dean Clarke of Hopkins Transport in New South Wales.

The NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award is a joint government-industry initiative that recognised rural road transport operators who have identified Heavy Vehicle National Law related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Dean received a $5,000 safety development fund co-funded by oil industry company, BP, and the NHVR to encourage both individual and organisational continuous improvement in relation to safety.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan said that Dean has won this award because he has taken a proactive approach to safety and has made a significant difference in the way his organisation operates.

"He has instilled an emphasis on correctly and consistently performing safe operating procedures through the roll out of an organisation-wide program at Hopkins Transport," said Keenan.

According to the ALRTA, Dean will use the $5,000 development fund to undertake a psychology course, which will better equip him to roll-out his program even further.

"The psychology course would help me to train drivers better by being able to tap into the different motivations of individual drivers and relate on a more meaningful level," said Clarke.

"I am very pleased to receive this award, it has motivated me to continue to find ways to improve safety in my organisation," he said.

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, says that safety is paramount to the NHVR and this award was one way to recognise that.

“Our goal is to encourage operators to do everything they can to have the appropriate safety procedures in place. Judging by the interest in this award, that goal appears to be on track.

“We are delighted to see that ALRTA members such as Dean Clarke and the industry in general are thinking safety first,” Petroccitto said.

The award was announced at the LRTAV Conference on 11 August 2017 in Torquay, Victoria.

(Image L-R: Jean Claude Estelle, Kevin Keenan, Dean Clarke, Geoff Casey, Jaimin Piggott.)

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