DBP and Road Safety Council Work Together Towards Zero Road Deaths and Serious Injuries

October 20, 2010

Today Dampier Bunbury Pipeline (DBP) officially joined forces with the Road Safety Council in the fight against road deaths and serious injuries in Western Australia by signing a 10-year Partnership Agreement. This 10-year agreement is the longest Partnership Agreement in the history of the Road Safety Council’s Partnership Program.

The Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline is one of the longest pipelines in Australia, traversing 1600km of some of the most remote parts of WA, often requiring long distance road travel through regional areas.

Alyson Vinciguerra, DBP’s Manager of Health, Safety and Environment, explained that road safety has always been a priority for DBP because driving is one of the highest risks to the safety to employees and contractors.

“At DBP we understand that a commitment to road safety is critical to the success of our business. This commitment has been demonstrated in recent years with the introduction of two state-of-the art road safety initiatives, the Vehicle Safety and Speed Monitoring System and the Driver Drowsiness Tracker,” Mrs Vinciguerra said.

“While DBP has already achieved significant result in this area, we understand that safety is about constant improvement. Signing the partnership with the Road Safety Council demonstrates our ongoing commitment to improving road safety.

“The partnership will see DBP meeting specific standards across roads and maintenance, ongoing driver training, vehicle selection and managing driver behaviours.

“We at DBP see this partnership as an opportunity to further innovate and pioneer road safety, for the benefit of not only our employees, contractors and business, but for other businesses and industries that face similar road safety challenges.”

Professor D’Arcy Holman, Independent Chair of the Road Safety Council, said the Partnership Agreement contained a number of initiatives based on the four cornerstones of the globally accepted ‘Safe System’ approach to road safety.

“As outlined in Towards Zero, the State’s road safety strategy, the Partnership Agreement involves safe drivers travelling in safe vehicles at safe speeds on safe roads and roadsides. All four cornerstones of the Safe System must be addressed to achieve any significant reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured on WA roads,” Professor Holman said.

“DBP and the Road Safety Council will work together with the Safe System cornerstones to enhance road safety and positively influence driver behaviour in Western Australia during the next 10 years, showing an exemplary commitment to reducing road trauma,” Professor Holman said.

“We all have a responsibility for road safety – Government, big corporations and individual road users. On behalf of the Road Safety Council, I congratulate DBP for recognising the role it plays in road safety and for taking this responsibility seriously.”

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The 10-year partnership includes initiatives such as:

  • Using the Workplace Road Safety Toolbox for staff training and education.
  • Using Road Safety Council mass media materials throughout the workplace.
  • Providing education, training and information in accordance to the recommendations of the Office of Road Safety to ensure that all drivers are alert and safe.
  • The opportunity to use vehicle safety technology to provide a safer road environment.
  • DBP was recognised at the 2010 Insurance Commission of Western Australia Road Safety Awards for the Driver Drowsiness Tracker. The Vehicle Safety and Speed Monitoring System Technology was also recognised at the Australasian Fleet Management Association Annual Fleet Awards, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Innovation Awards and the Australian Pipeline Industry Association Annual Awards.

 

Information on the Partnership Program and the ‘Safe System’ road safety model can be found at www.ors.wa.gov.au

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