31 October, 2012
Another fatality on our roads highlights the need for greater understanding of pressures placed on our truckies.
A fatality in Toowoomba yesterday is a tragic reminder that more is needed to be done to improve safety on our roads.
“We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the man whose life was tragically cut short yesterday,’ TWU State Secretary Peter Biagni said.
“Deaths on our roads happens all too frequently and every single death rips a community apart. Tragically three hundred people were killed in heavy-vehicle accidents last year — this is simply unacceptable,” Peter said.
“The sympathies and full support of the TWU are also extended to the driver of the JJ Richards truck who survived the accident,’ Peter said.
“For the past 20 years the TWU has been campaigning for a greater awareness of the pressures our truckies are under every day having established link between poor
conditions, poor pay and road deaths,” Peter said.
“This is a tragic workplace accident and as such a thorough OH&S investigation, not a police investigation, is needed to determine the role that the chain of command, from employer down, that may have influenced this incident,” Peter said.
“We need greater understanding of the pressures drivers are under to fully understand why and try to prevent these sorts of accidents happening in the future,” Peter said.
“All sectors of the trucking community — employers like JJ Richards, drivers and unions — need to finally put safety first, work together to make this industry safer,” Peter said.
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