23 January 2019
The ETU has been notified by several members and delegates that there has been a focus by Ausgrid regarding safety issues associated with their fleet and in particular the securing of loads. Some of this focus has led to disciplinary matters which we believe is unfair given the lack of training and cultural awareness surrounding the focus.
The ETU advises all members when driving an Ausgrid vehicle to comply with the RMS laws and to follow all safety practices to the letter. If you haven't received adequate training or are unsure of the requirements then let your supervisor or manager know before proceeding.
When vehicles are carrying materials for jobs, all loads must be secured in accordance with correct procedures. If load restraining devices are required, please follow Ausgrid's training when using them to restrain a load. Our advice is to only use load restraints that you have been adequately trained on so that you do not breach safety requirements in any way. If you have not been trained don't do it until you have.
Our understanding is that all depots should now have scales to weigh vehicles before use. There is a hefty fine for you as a driver should you drive on an RMS road with an overweight vehicle. Our advice is to use these scales so that you always know that you are leaving the depot with a vehicle that is compliant with RMS requirements. Always weigh the vehicle before departing the depot.Safety is always paramount for the ETU and its members. A clean and safely secure vehicle is a big part of our safety focus every day. It is important to take the time to comply with all Ausgrid and RMS requirements. Don’t rush to a job and risk an accident which you may be disciplined for because you have not taken all the necessary precautions.
Should you have any questions please call Delegates Jamie Baker 0412 841 645 or Rory Fletcher 0402 919 537.Regards
Mark Buttigieg, ETU organiser