The Transport Workers’ Union is calling on authorities to undergo a full workplace health and safety investigation to uncover the real reason behind yesterday’s trucking tragedy that took a life in Kogan (west of Dalby).
TWU Assistant State Secretary Scott Connolly said unless a full investigation is done, we wont know what pressures were being put on the driver.
“A truck driver’s job is to drive, yet when they are involved in a crash, a workplace health and safety investigation is not being carried out,’ Mr Connolly said.
‘This is an absolute tragedy and one that happens far too often – we feel for the driver’s family and friends.’
‘What needs to happen now is to not only find out what happened, but why it happened.’
‘How long and how far had the driver gone?’
‘How far were they going?’
‘When was the last maintenance performed on the truck?’
‘Truck drivers are under a lot of pressure to meet the demands of their company and the supply chain,’ Mr Connolly said.
‘These pressures are what contribute to truck crashes, which is another reason why we need the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to help identify which companies are putting pressures on their drivers to go faster and longer.’
“Only through a combination of the Tribunal and workplace investigations will the real truth behind truck crashes be known.”
‘330 people die on our roads each year involving trucks,’ Mr Connolly said.
‘That’s 330 too many and we need every crash involving a truck be investigated as a workplace incident.’
Mick O’Brien– 0411 875 910