Despite best endeavours as we get further into the 2019 harvest, there is plenty of evidence of grape spillages. The above image is not from the Riverland but it does serve as a reminder of just how serious the consequences can be if anyone along the chain of responsibility between the vineyard and the crusher loses concentration even for an instant.
Most observers in the region are surprised to learn that there were 90 reported spillages during the 2018 vintage that required CFS and/or MFS crews to attend and clean up. The cost of this to growers, transport operators, wineries and community is significant.
It’s worth remembering that these clean-up crews are volunteers. The need to interrupt whatever it is they are doing in their normal work day to attend these spillages.
Chain of Responsibility Legislation requires appropriate steps are taken to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, fatigue and speeding laws from being breached. Everyone should take a risk-management approach for their Chain of Responsibility obligations. This approach is consistent with the management of work health and safety and the quality control of goods and services produced. Accountability for activities that affect compliance with road transport laws is the responsibility of every person. You may be held legally liable if you do not meet your Chain of Responsibility obligations.
Accidents do happen, but if everyone concerned can bear in mind the potential consequences of a slip in concentration maybe they will reduce the number of interruptions from 90 thereby saving time and cost for all concerned.
More information is available on the NHVR website