Chain of Responsibility

Transport Compliance and Enforcement

Cockburn Cement Limited is committed to creating a safer environment for our community. As such, we have taken a proactive approach in assisting our transportation partners to adhere to the chain of responsibility legislation.

The Chain of Responsibility legislation has been designed to promote safe work practices and reasonable expectations across the entire transport industry, where every business involved in transportation of goods takes the appropriate responsibility for the way freight is transported on our roads.

The object of the legislation is as follows:

  • Improve road safety;
  • Reduce infrastructure damage;
  • Improve deterrence and enforcement;
  • Promote a level playing field for industry; and
  • Improve business efficiency and compliance.

This means that Cockburn Cement Limited, and all other companies involved with the transportation of freight on Australian roads, now has an onus to assess their responsibilities under the compliance and enforcement legislation and take all appropriate steps to ensure that no breaches occur by any party within their chain of responsibility.

How can we be sure we comply?

All vehicles loaded at any Cockburn Cement Limited site will comply with mass management.  Any permits for vehicles must be supplied to Cockburn Cement Limited in order for the vehicle to be loaded to the permitted weight.  It is all parties’ responsibility to ensure that the gross weight of the product loaded does not exceed MASS limits and drivers comply with current Fatigue Laws.

If you or your transport company collect product from any of our distribution facilities can you please ensure that they have adequate load restraint materials and are compliant with the most current NTC Load Restraint Guide.

What do I need to do?

Quite simply, you should ensure that you can demonstrate that you have been reasonably practicable to prevent a breach occurring.  Reasonably Practicable is “doing what is reasonably able to be done in the relation to the duty, weighing up all relevant matters”.

Further Reading

The National Road Transport Commission “Chain of Responsibility”

Worksafe, WA

Main Roads WA fact sheets: