boksburg blast driver and trucking company cleared

The Boksburg gas tanker explosion driver and trucking company have again been cleared of any wrongdoing. This time by an independent road transport safety system auditor, Transheq.

The gas tanker exploded after it got stuck under a railway bridge on Christmas eve. A total of 34 people have since died from injuries sustained in the explosion.

Transheq director Richard Durrant conducted an investigation into the incident and found no safety-critical non-compliance. The investigation also revealed that compliance with legal and best practice requirements by Infinite Fleet Transport was “well followed and entrenched in the company”.

Durrant reviewed the following:

  • vehicle tracking and trip reports;
  • journey plans/route risk assessment;
  • WhatsApp communication between the company, driver and client;
  • SQAS-Africa audit dated November 22 and 23; and
  • the driver’s licence, professional driving permit (PrDP), dangerous goods training certificate and medical certificate for the driver.

According to the report, Durrant — an experienced independent road transport safety system auditor and Safety Quality Assessment for Sustainability (SQAS-Africa) system lead auditor — was appointed to review Infinite Fleet Transport’s compliance and legal and best practice requirements.

The purpose of the review was to determine safety-critical compliance as stipulated in the National Road Traffic Act, the Occupational Health & Safety Act and SQAS-Africa audit requirements.

“Infinite Fleet Transport (Pty) Ltd has been SQAS-Africa-approved for some time and Sasol South Africa conducted a SQAS-Africa re-certification audit on November 22 and 23 2022. The company was successful in this re-certification audit,” the report reads.

On December 29 the driver’s employer said an internal investigation showed he immediately alerted his superiors and emergency services and tried to clear the crowd gathering around the vehicle.

Innovative Staffing Solutions (ISS) said the driver mistakenly took a wrong exit to get onto the N17 highway and found himself on Hospital Road.

“Following urgent investigations, Innovative Staffing Solutions can confirm the driver was not negligent and did everything in his power to alert people to the dangers of the situation. He demonstrated the utmost level of care and professionalism and we thank him for his conscientious actions, which potentially saved the lives of countless other people,” the company said.

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