TSV urges operators to stay safe

Victorian operators are reminded to keep workplaces safe as part of Safe Work Australia month

TSV urges operators to stay safe
Transport Safety Victoria Director Bus Safety Stephen Turner

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is reminding bus operators to provide the safest possible workplace for their drivers as part of Safe Work Australia month.

TSV statistics show six bus drivers and a school bus supervisor suffered serious injuries in 2013-14, requiring admission to hospital for treatment.

Director Bus Safety Stephen Turner says everyone deserves to be safe in their workplace and bus drivers are no different.

 "Every bus used to carry passengers should be safe and roadworthy. To this end, bus operators should have clearly defined and documented processes in relation to the operations, maintenance, servicing and inspection of buses," he says.

"Bus operators should also have clearly defined rules when it comes to ensuring their drivers are fit to drive, and that the proper fatigue and drug and alcohol management policies are in place."

Turner says an emergency management plan must also be made available to bus drivers so they know what to do and who to contact in an emergency such as a fire, a collision or when a colleague or a passenger sustains a serious injury.

 "Bus drivers who know how to deal with difficult passengers are more likely to be able to prevent situations from escalating into more serious ones," he says.

"I urge all operators and drivers to familiarise themselves with the Managing difficult passengers guidance material developed by TSV.

"It is critical that every driver understands the procedures and is given the opportunity to practise applying them in a variety of situations."

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