Award first at LRTAV conference
MC Herd in Geelong has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Shane Knight Memorial Award at the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria (LRTAV) Annual Conference held at the RACV Torquay Resort on August 11 and 12.
The award was created to honour the memory of Shane Knight who passed away in 2016 after a short battle with cancer.
Knight’s wife, Jeanine Knight, who spoke about her late husband’s passion for safety during the conference, presented the award to John Karounos, operations manager for MC Herd.
Karounos was instrumental in the company’s installation of a Pivoting Access Landing (PAL) frame that enables drivers to safely unload cattle at their processing site.
MC Herd also received the 2016 WorkSafe Victoria Award for Best Solution to a Health and Safety Issue for installing the PAL frame, which eliminates the risk of driver’s falling from height and being in a confined space with livestock while unloading cattle.
The LRTAV says the Shane Knight Memorial Award reflects the association’s desire to recognise those organisations or individuals who make a significant improvement to safety for drivers in the livestock and rural transport industry, something that Knight was very passionate about.
Knight was a member of the LRTAV for 29 years and was presented with a life membership in 2013.
In 2015 Knight received the LRTAV’s inaugural award for Outstanding Contribution to the Livestock and Rural Transport Industry for his contribution to the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards.
Knight also served on the executive of the LRTAV and committees in the ALRTA for many years.
LRTAV president Graham Howell said that Knight, together with LRTAV vice president John Beer, had spent a lot of time working with the frame designer and manufacturer ProWay Livestock Equipment to get the design right.
Howell added that the LRTAV hoped it would help raise the awareness of how significantly the Pivoting Access Loading Frame can improve safety and hopefully, it can become commonplace and best practice at all sites where cattle are unloaded.
The other award winners during the LRTAV conference were Dean Clarke from NSW-based Hopkins Transport and Neil Winslade from O’Sullivan’s Transport in Elmore.
Winslade was named the year’s LRTAV Young Driver of the Year, winning prizes valued at $ 4000.
Clarke won the 2017 Safety Innovation Award by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
The award recognised Clarke’s efforts in emphasising the need to execute correct and consistent safe operating procedures through the rollout of a company-wide safety initiative program at Hopkins Transport.
John Karounos accepts the Shane Knight Memorial Award from Jeanine Knight