The Transport Workers’ Union wants the truth about the Riches truck roll over that halted Bruce Highway southbound traffic in Caboolture yesterday to come out.
Transport Workers’ Union Queensland State Secretary Peter Biagini asked what pressures were being put on the driver and how much responsibility is on the chain of command.
“This driver has crashed performing his job, and we now need a full workplace, health and safety investigation into why it happened,” Mr Biagini said.
“The TWU fully support this driver, who is lucky to be alive.”
“We want to know what pressure Riches put on this driver to get where he was going.”
“How long and how far had he already driven, and how far was he going?”
“When was the unload window and if he missed it, how many hours or potentially days would he be sitting waiting while not being paid?”
“These pressures are what contribute to truck crashes, and thankfully, with the introduction of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, the pressure will start to be removed from drivers,” Mr Biagini said.
The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, introduced by the Australia Government on 01 January 2013 after 20 years of campaigning by the TWU, will be investigate companies and set industry pay and conditions standards.
“The Tribunal’s first priorities will be on the retail, livestock, bulk grain, interstate long distance and intrastate long distance sectors,” Mr Biagini said.
“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.”
“Only through a combination of the Tribunal and workplace investigations will the truth about the pressures being applied to drivers come out.”
“This crash was just one of many serious truck crashes in Queensland this year and those really responsible must be accounted for.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910