The Transport Workers’ Union is demanding authorities complete a full workplace, health and safety investigation into the Wickham’s truck roll over on the New England Highway this afternoon.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said that while Police Forensic Crash Units usually investigate these crashes, the company and the Government must take it a step further and treat it as a workplace incident.
“A truck driver’s job is to drive, yet when they are involved in a truck crash, a workplace health and safety investigation is not being carried out despite being the road network being their workplace,” Mr Biagini said.
“Over 330 people die in trucks crashes each year, and what we need to see is every time a truck crashes, like today, it must be investigated as a workplace incident so we can unearth what really caused the crash, such as company and client economic pressures and unrealistic deadlines.”
“Only through full investigations into why a truck is involved in a crash, will the truth about driving hours, company pressures and conditions come out.”
In addition to the workplace investigation, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which began on 01 January 2013, will also investigate companies who put unrealistic pressures and deadlines on drivers.
“The Tribunal has announced they will focus on five major sectors in our industry, including major retailers like Coles who have economic power and control the industry through dictating prices, standards and conditions,” Mr Biagini said.
“Without truck drivers Australia stops – there would be no food in our supermarkets, no produce moved from our farms and no fuel in our pumps.”
“The Australian economy relies heavily on road transport and if we don’t have trucks and we don’t have drivers, Australia stops.
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910