Dangerous goods case concludes with Toll fine
Toll Global Forwarding pleaded guilty in dangerous goods prosecution
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.