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Chain of Responsibility – How the HVNL Changes Impact Mining

Terry Crick
Director, Customer Engagement and Strategy, Kognent

During the 12 months to the end of September 2018, 169 people died from 152 fatal crashes involving heavy vehicles across Australia. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has developed and administers, in consultation with industry, the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity.

Under the changes HVNL that came into effect on October 1 2018, all parties have a primary duty to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the safety for their transport related activities.

Unfortunately, far too many organisations across the mining industry believe they don’t have Chain of Responsibility (CoR) requirements as they don’t operate on public roads – they are wrong.

So, how do the HVNL and CoR relate to our industry?

Have you taken the time to consider how equipment, supplies, or even your workforce get to your site?

It’s likely they are being transported to site on a vehicle over 4.5 tonnes (gross vehicle mass) which would equal legal liability to the organisation and the individuals playing role/s under the CoR involved in that transport-related activity.

CoR compliance is imperative to greater safety across your transport-related activities.