New guide to cut deaths and injury in high risk public works jobs

In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by driver fatigue, Pro-Visual Publishing is reminding Local Government and works officers of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Reforms with the 2010 edition of the National Guide to Public Works and Services Safety.

The laws, which took effect in 2008, are consistent with current obligations under Occupational Health and Safety laws that require employers and employees to take all reasonably practicable steps to manage driver fatigue.

The free safety guide explores the reasons for the laws and details how heavy vehicle drivers and their employees can avoid breeching them.

The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) assisted in the development of the guide and believes it is a practical health and safety resource chart for members of the public works sector.

“The guide provides managers and employees with up to date information, including driver fatigue, underground electrical safety, and asbestos in the workplace,” said Mark Turner from IPWEA’s New South Wales Division.

For further information, or to obtain free copies for your council, phone (02) 8272 2611, email, or see