Australia: Origin First Licensed Under New CSG Logistics Safety Code of Practice

Origin First Licensed Under New CSG Logistics Safety Code of Practice

Origin, on behalf of the Australia Pacific LNG Project, is the first to be licensed under a new CSG Logistics Safety Code of Practice launched today in readiness for the expected increased heavy vehicle traffic as the four major CSG to LNG projects come online.

Origin Upstream CEO, Paul Zealand, whose company took the lead in formulating the industry code, said Origin was committed to ensuring that every heavy vehicle movement was a safe one.

“During the next four years, the number of heavy vehicle movements from our project alone is expected to increase significantly,” he said.

The CSG Code has been developed in line with the National Logistics Safety Code. Among the areas covered are:

  • Fatigue management, including driver health and fitness for duty, scheduling, transit times;
  • Safe loading practices including mass, dimension and load restraint;
  • Speed management;
  • Vehicle compliance and safety;
  • Contractor safety including subcontractor management;

The Australian Logistics Council issued a licence to Origin under the new code, and Managing Director Michael Kilgariff congratulated Origin for taking such a proactive approach to how they handle safety on the state’s roads.

“CSG will account for a large proportion of the forecast increase in heavy vehicle usage in Queensland,” he said.

“In becoming the first signatory to the CSG Code, Origin is ensuring that all company employees operating heavy vehicles, contractors and subcontractors will comply with the 45 legal elements laid out in the Code.”

Heavy vehicles have been over-represented in recent road fatality statistics in Queensland. In 2010 they were involved in accidents that resulted in 47 deaths, almost 20% of the state’s road toll that year.

“At Origin safety is always our number one priority” said Mr Zealand, “The Code will build on the vehicle management safety policies already in operation which include, speed inhibitors, vehicle monitoring systems and extensive driver training.”

The CSG Code comes into effect ahead of the introduction of the National Heavy Vehicle Law on January 1, 2013. It will standardise heavy-vehicle legislation across Australia, and will be enforced by a national regulator.

LNG World News Staff, June 20, 2012