Lindsay Fox AC to speak at ATA Safety Summit

Australian trucking industry magnate, Lindsay Fox AC, will feature as a speaker at the 2008 ATA Safety Summit to be held as part of the Australian Trucking Convention to be held 27-30 May.

Mr Fox will play a key role at the Summit in challenging industry members to not only improve safety standards within their own operations, but also to advocate industry best practice in safety among their peers, whether it be on the road, in the workshop or the warehouse.

ATA Chief Executive, Stuart St Clair, said that Mr Fox’s extensive industry knowledge and experience in the implementation of safety initiatives within a large logistics company will add significantly to the line-up of high quality speakers at the Summit.

“Lindsay Fox is an indispensable contributor to our industry and has been a champion of producing higher safety standards within the Australian trucking industry through the Linfox Company.

“Linfox has set a fine example of industry best practice in the push to improve their current occupational health and safety standards. Improving conditions for their drivers and supply chain members is one of their main priorities and they have raised the bar in advocating a ‘whole supply chain approach’ to road transport,” Mr St Clair said.

The ATA Safety Summit will focus on how the industry can change the culture of regulators, the supply chain and the industry so safety becomes a basic part of doing business for everyone.

“At the Summit, key representatives of the industry, regulators, and safety experts will discuss issues like:

• promoting safety as a shared responsibility

• the need for productivity growth to be delivered with improved safety

• moving the industry beyond compliance to a safety culture, and

• how to develop a ‘whole of supply chain’ approach to safety.

“The Summit will particularly focus on speeding and changing the culture of regulators to recognise the value of accreditation schemes like TruckSafe. It will also focus on how we can make sure our customers understand that they have safety obligations too, Mr St Clair said.

“The running theme of the Summit will be ‘safety is good business,’ because trucking companies with a strong safety culture are the ones that are successful in the long term. They’re the businesses that can find and retain staff, despite the skill shortage in the industry. They’re the ones that can offer a consistent and reliable service to their customers, day in and day out, year after year,” he said.

The Safety Summit will be part of the 2008 Australian Trucking Convention, which will be held in Canberra from 27-30 May. The Convention will also see the launch of the trucking industry’s new Mobile Education Centre – a state of the art semitrailer filled with interactive displays on careers in the trucking industry and road safety. The MEC will travel to schools, shows and field days across the country.

For more information or to register for the Safety Summit and the Convention, visit www.atatruck.net.au.

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