Dan­ger­ous goods case con­cludes with Toll fine

Toll Global For­ward­ing pleaded guilty in dan­ger­ous goods pros­e­cu­tion

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A NEW SOUTH WALES dan­ger­ous goods case has been com­pleted with Toll Global For­ward­ing, as con­signor, fined $ 75,000 plus En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity ( EPA) costs in the Land and En­vi­ron­ment Court.

The Toll freight for­ward­ing and cus­toms clear­ance arm had pleaded guilty to fail­ing to en­sure that the trans­port of dan­ger­ous goods from Port Botany to Smith­field was con­ducted in a safe man­ner in a case that will be seen to in­clude a link in the chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity that crit­ics charge is of­ten miss­ing.

The same case saw trans­port firm Stock­well In­ter­na­tional and a driver fined $ 84,000 and $ 2800 re­spec­tively last year.

In Oc­to­ber 2014, Toll Global For­ward­ing was in­volved in ar­rang­ing the trans­port of about 16 tonnes of flammable dan­ger­ous goods com­pris­ing ex­pand­able poly­meric beads, which are used in the man­u­fac­ture of poly­styrene.

The flammable beads were trans­ported by truck through three tun­nels in­clud­ing one on Gen­eral Holmes Drive and two on the M5 mo­tor­way – and came to the at­ten­tion of au­thor­i­ties af­ter the ve­hi­cle was stopped at a heavy ve­hi­cle check­ing sta­tion on the M5.

The ear­lier trial heard Toll had failed to pre­pare or pro­vide any trans­port doc­u­men­ta­tion for the goods that com­plied with the Aus­tralia Dan­ger­ous Goods Code or that Stock­well was com­pli­ant and had acted to en­sure its sub­con­trac­tors were com­pli­ant.

De­spite ev­i­dence that it has been un­aware of the dan­ger­ous na­ture of the goods, though they were marked as such, Stock­well was found to have failed to en­sure

“Since the in­ci­dent, Toll has de­vel­oped a Re­lease of Dan­ger­ous Goods Form”

doc­u­men­ta­tion plus driver and truck li­cens­ing was up to scratch.

Given he had held a dan­ger­ous goods driver’s li­cence pre­vi­ously, it was found that the driver ought to have known the goods were dan­ger­ous, given the stick­ers on the con­tain­ers, and it fol­lowed that the lack of pre­pared­ness of his truck re­lated to plac­ards and fire ex­tin­guisher along with the route he took through tun­nels was his re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Since the in­ci­dent, Toll has de­vel­oped a Re­lease of Dan­ger­ous Goods Form and pro­vided train­ing to mem­bers of its NSW Trans­port Op­er­a­tions Team and se­nior man­age­ment.

Stock­well has since im­ple­mented an on­go­ing au­dit pro­gram for com­pli­ance with dan­ger­ous goods re­quire­ments and en­abled five em­ploy­ees to ob­tain dan­ger­ous goods driver li­cences.

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