HIRA Instructional video transcript

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[On screen text: HIRA Human Impact route assessment]

Voiceover: This video describes how the Human Impact Route Assessment (HIRA) tool can guide the route selection process.

The aim is to reduce interactions with pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcyclists when planning projects involving significant heavy vehicle movements.

Tunnelling and other construction activity creates large amounts of spoil and the need to move materials.

These materials need to be removed and transported by heavy vehicles in a safe and efficient manner.

To reach their destinations, trucks must share the road network with a range of road users including vulnerable road users, such as bicycle riders, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

[On screen text: Swanston Street Work Site Brooklyn Landfill site]

Voiceover: Routes must be carefully planned in order to minimise disruption, and keep the community as safe as possible.

[On screen text: HIRA Human Impact route assessment]

Voiceover: The HIRA tool and process aims to place the safety of vulnerable road users at the forefront of the heavy vehicle route selection process.

The HIRA tool and dedicated route selection workshop is intended to support and promote collaborative decision making when planning the haulage of spoil or other materials for a project.

[On screen text: Planning]

Voiceover: To begin, the client or contractor must organise a HIRA workshop.

The workshop can be held anywhere that is convenient and should involve a range of stakeholders relevant to the project.

[On screen text Local Government, Main Road Authority, Haulage Contractors, Key Personnel]

Voiceover: Stakeholders may include about ten representatives from local government, the main roads authority, haulage contractors, and other key personnel.

This number supports timely decision making.

Prior to the workshop, the organisers must identify the drop off or key destinations and two or three potential routes to get there.

A considerable amount of time at the start of the workshop needs to be dedicated to familiarising participants with the routes chosen.

It is useful to have printed maps available (Melways provides a lot of detail) and to guide participants through Google street view or open street to consider and discuss the locations each route travels through.

Printing off a hard copy version of the HIRA tool can also help as a prompt to consider various characteristics on each route.

Working in small groups may be worthwhile for this exercise.

[On screen text: Online Tool]

Voiceover: The HIRA online tool is used within the workshop to review and encourage discussion about the routes under consideration.

Each route is scored against 11 elements.

There are two categories of elements - on street risks and off-street predictors of increased vulnerable road user activity.

[On screen text: On Street Risks]

[On screen text: On Street Risks: Road type and function, Left Hand Turns, Active Transport, On Route Holding/Staging Areas, On Route Bus Stops, On Route Tram Stops.

[On Screen text: Off Street Predictors: Hospitals and Emergency Services Access, Childcare, Schools, Other Educational Institutions, Sporting and Recreational Facilities, Railway Stations.

Voiceover: On street risks focuses on the risks to vulnerable road users in the street environment including the level of active transport use, road width and on-street access to public transport stops.

[On screen text: Off Street Predictors]

Voiceover: These areas will generally have increased vulnerable road user activity.

HIRA is not intended to analyse the entire route.

Often, a destination will be somewhere outside of Melbourne, and an assessment would be completed to the nearest freeway, or major urban arterial where truck traffic is already common.

A strong safety culture is paramount on every worksite.

By ensuring that a site is as safe as possible, we protect workers and road users from potential harm.

It’s important that this safety culture extends to interactions beyond the worksite and considers the safety of the surrounding street network and community as well.

Including the HIRA in the route selection process encourages a more holistic approach to project safety, expanding it beyond the worksite to include consideration of the impact truck movements have on the safety of all road users.

[On screen text: HIRA Human Impact route assessment]

Voiceover: Authorised by the Victorian Government. One Treasury Place Melbourne.

[On screen text Construction Trucks and Community Safety, Victoria State Government Department of Transport and Planning. Authorised by the Victorian Government 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne. Road Safety Victoria would like to thank the staff from Aurecon and MacDonnell who particpated in the workshop sergents. Some of the footage and grahic contnet in this film is courtesy of Rail Projects Victoria. Further informagtion about the Construction Trucks and Community Safety project can be found at www.vicraods.vic.gov.au]

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