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Joint taskforce cracks down on unsafe transportation of explosives

06 October 2023

A joint taskforce has found an alarming number of vehicles carrying explosives across Queensland have defects, putting road users at risk.

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) and Transport and Main Roads (TMR) teamed up in September for Operation Cyclone.

Operation Cyclone ran across six different locations including Dingo, Stanwell, Nebo, Moranbah, Woodstock and Bajool.

Inspectors stopped 35 light and heavy vehicles carrying explosives; 30% of those vehicles had defects.

RSHQ and TMR inspectors issued 13 compliance notices as a result.

RSHQ's Deputy Chief of Explosives Snezana Bajic said it was disappointing to see so many vehicles failing the checks.

"These vehicles are capable of carrying a very large quantity of explosives and if transported incorrectly the outcomes can be deadly," said Ms Bajic.

"It's the responsibility of the both the driver and consignor, to ensure their vehicles are compliant.

"Compliance with safety regulations is paramount to the well-being of industry operators, other road users and emergency response services."

The results of Operation Cyclone will help improve safety across the resources sector.

RSHQ continues to support industry to transport dangerous goods, like explosives, safely.

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Last updated: 06 Oct 2023