The potential for an unattended truck to roll away in an out of control manner is a critical risk. This Red Alert supersedes the email issued on the 15 March 2019 which suspended the use of Nissan Truck models; CG380, CG400, CK330, CM180, CW330, CW380, CW400, manufactured between 1993 & 2005.
Further, this Red Alert has now been updated to include QR code links to supporting information and, to address questions and improvements suggested by the wider Fulton Hogan business. NB: This Red Alert may be updated further to include other makes and models of trucks if it becomes clear that other manufacturers are using the same hand brake mechanism that is used in the models above.
2. Mandatory Requirements
2.1 Nissan Trucks
Nissan Truck models; CG380, CG400, CK330, CM180, CW330, CW380, CW400, manufactured between 1993 & 2005 are not permitted on any Fulton Hogan sites. And, in addition, these trucks are not to be operated by Fulton Hogan employees on any other sites. These mandatory requirements apply unless these trucks have been fitted with a replacement, alternative (not the same as the original), approved, aftermarket hand brake that complies with the Heavy Vehicle Brake Rule 32015. Relocating the handbrake away from the door side of the driver should also be considered where practical.
It is strongly recommended that customers who use these trucks to pick up materials from our quarries also make these modifications. In light of this they should each be given a copy of this alert and the May 2017 NZTA safety alert attached. Unless the improvements described above have been made, quarry customers operating these trucks must not be permitted to leave the cab
of their vehicle while at the quarry.
These modifications to the factory fitted handbrake are necessary because once wear occurs the lock pin is able to hold the brakes on but may not actually be fully engaged. Consequently, the hand brake can be unintentionally released via a knock or vibration.
2.2 Minimum Requirements for Subcontractor Plant and Hired Plant
From 1 July 2019 all subcontracted and hired in plant must comply with the minimum requirements listed in the table below. Plant that meets these minimum requirements can be approved for use by a qualified mechanic or a competent FH: manager, supervisor or site foreman. Approvals will be valid for 12 months.
Approved plant is to be ‘stickered’ accordingly. Inspection records (checklist attached) shall be kept by the approving Region or Project. Stickers and checklist books are available through FH Signs & Graphics.
The procurement team will work with our preferred plant hire providers to implement this with them. If other tier 1 contractors chose to adopt this same approach, then the stickers can be jointly branded.
It is acknowledged that this manual system may be able to be improved further through the use of technology. Options will be investigated as time and resources permit.
2.3 Safe Parking Resources
Relevant resources including a pictorial (GoTo) guide to identifying at risk Nissan trucks, and a brief video showing the shortcomings of the original hand brake mechanism can be accessed by scanning the QR code shown here.
When parking, there are three simple practices that must be applied. These dramatically reduce the risk of a runaway vehicle: (1) Hand brake on, (2) In gear (or park), (3) Wheels to the kerb.
3. Additional Notes
It is acknowledged that the implementation of these controls will require conscientious management, time and resources.
Relevant, historical, Red Alert requirements will be included and kept up to date in the new Living Safely Health & Safety Manual due for publication in July.
Thank you for your help with the implementation of these requirements.