Habits, routines, and comfort can turn into complacency, which can affect our perception of how risky a simple task may be. By thinking we do not need to pay much attention to certain activities because we have performed them many times before, we are potentially ignoring the risk and increasing our chances of being injured or killed.

Fine tuning of an activity can make us work on ‘autopilot’, increasing the probability of making mistakes and missing a change in the environment that could increase risk. Familiarity with a task can lead to complacency which makes us think we do not need to follow protocols and can take short-cuts, which can increase the risk.

The talk features interviews with drivers from Bingo and Holcim. Each give their own tips and stories about their experiences, but ultimately they share the same message: the importance of not becoming complacent in your job.

A fact sheet, poster, facilitator guide, overview and PowerPoint are also included. The fact sheets are available in three different versions, depending on the audience. One is targeted towards drivers, one towards companies and the other includes all the information.

The Toolbox Talk is designed to be flexible so your organisation can present or distribute it as you see fit.

The package was peer reviewed by industry experts to ensure it is relevant, accurate and delivered in a way that will engage drivers. This information is sourced from a combination of industry bodies and scholarly texts.

The HVTBT project is delivered thanks to key funding provided through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the federal government.

NRSPP thanks its industry working group, which consists of BINGO Industries, ComfortDelGro Australia, Heavy Vehicle Association of Australia, Holcim, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Qube, Swinburne University, Toll Global Express, Toll Group, Viva Energy and Zurich Insurance.

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