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Transport action plan

We are working with South Australian business and industry to improve health and safety outcomes in the Transport sector. Our industry action plan for 2018-2020 identifies who, how and where people are being injured most and what we will do to contribute to the reduction of workplace injuries.


South Australian work injury claims

South Australian work injury claims

Average claim costs 2014-2017

Average claims costs 2014-2017

Top 3 injuries

Top 3 injuries

Who is being hurt

Who is being hurt?

Strategic outcomes

These strategic outcomes have been derived from the national Safe Work Australia Strategic Plan and South Australia’s priority work health and safety focus areas.

Healthy and safe by design

  • Structures, plant and substances are designed to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks before they are introduced into the workplace.
  • Work, work processes and systems of work are designed and managed to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks.

Supply chains and networks

  • Supply chain and network participants understand their cumulative impact and actively improve the health and safety of the supply chain.
  • Commercial relationships within supply chains and networks are used to improve work health and safety.
  • Industry leaders champion work health and safety in supply chains and networks.

Physical, mental health and wellbeing

  • Industry and individual workplaces capacity to manage health and safety injuries, and improve health and wellbeing.


  • Everyone in the workplace is aware of youth developmental stages and are informed to make sound decisions on the tasks and conditions needed to ensure that young workers are able to work safely.

Leadership and culture

  • Communities and their leaders drive improved work health and safety.
  • Organisational leaders foster a culture of consultation and collaboration which actively improves work health and safety.
  • Health and safety is given priority in work processes and decisions.

Research and evaluation

  • The results of research and evaluation are disseminated and implemented.


  • Governments use their investment and purchasing power to improve work health and safety.
  • Governments departments promote community safety and provide education to support community health and safety.

Health and safety capabilities

  • Everyone in a workplace has the work health and safety capabilities they require.
  • Those providing work health and safety education, training and advice have the appropriate capabilities.
  • Work health and safety skills development is integrated effectively into relevant education and training programs.

Focus areas

  • Mental health
  • Safety culture and leadership
  • Young and inexperienced workers
  • Falls prevention
  • Loading and unloading practices
  • Supply chain
  • Worker engagement
  • Separating people and plant
  • Vehicle design
  • Vehicles as workplaces

What we will do 2018-2020

  1. Engage with stakeholders across industries to develop collaborative working relationships through agreed communication and engagement plans.
  2. Work with industry stakeholders to develop strategies for business to engage with workers on health and safety issues; responsibilities of both employers and workers; decision making in the workplace; and promoting a respectful work culture.
  3. Work with industry stakeholders to share their experience, technical knowledge and expertise around work health and safety issues; solutions to identify and eliminate / minimise risks; and identifying Fit for Duty.
  4. Work with stakeholders to create inclusive and equitable workplaces and provide targeted work health and safety guidance to support workers with English as a second language, women entering the industry and young workers.
  5. Develop guidance material in collaboration with industry stakeholders that provides accessible information and practical solutions.
  6. Partner with government agencies and industry stakeholders to increase understanding of the relationship between work health and safety and heavy vehicle laws, including Chain of Responsibility, and systems to support compliance across both state and national laws.
  7. Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing Program
    • Share information and resources with industry on drug, alcohol and tobacco use; obesity; and depression to improve workforce wellbeing.
    • Share tools for small business to promote actions and behaviours that support mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace.
  8. Safety Leadership and Culture Program
    • Support industry leaders, small business and supply chain networks to include health and safety as part of business planning and operations.
      Share and promote information and resources to help business develop a positive and respectful workplace.
    • Promote industry ‘walk and talks’ to share safety solutions, best practice and mutual responsibilities.
  9. Young Workers Strategy
    • Provide targeted resources to reinforce safe work processes and systems of work for young and inexperienced workers.
    • Encourage and support mentoring and buddy systems.
    • Promote safe minimum entry standards for industry through educational / vocational channels.
  10. Work collaboratively with industries to address safety issues that have been identified, including:
    • working at heights
    • fall prevention
    • operation of forklifts
    • moving plant
    • loading practices
    • vehicle and plant maintenance
    • unpredictability of other road users
    • fatigue management
    • mental health and wellbeing
    • violence and aggression from customers / passengers.