Truckie's Death Prompts Campaign to Ensure Drivers Equipped with Emergency Supplies
Release date: 5/02/2014
Three years after the death of a truck driver in the Goldfields, WorkSafe is running a campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies.
ABC News, by Erin Parke, 4 Feb 2014
In 2011, Anthony Bradanovich died of heatstroke in the Goldfields after abandoning his bogged truck.
The Coroner was critical of the lack of communication equipment and maps his employer had provided.
WorkSafe director Joe Attard says the watchdog has launched a campaign to ensure companies provide emergency communication equipment and water supplies to drivers.
"We've looked at the coronial recommendations from that tragic incident, and our current laws and we're trying to raise the industry standard," he said.
He says the rules are in place for good reason.
"The worst case scenario is that an emergency situation could arise," he said.
"It could be a sudden onset of a medical condition, or an accident, or extreme temperatures, or becoming stranded, and without these things being met, it could result in a fatal situation which is preventable and avoidable."
The safety watchdog is visiting unions, companies and drivers to ensure they are aware of the laws relating to truck drivers who are working alone, particularly in remote areas.
The Transport Workers Union was highly critical of WorkSafe's response to the death of Mr Bradanovich, saying it did too little, too late.
The union's assistant secretary Paul Aslan hopes it makes a difference.
"We hope the companies sit up and take notice and do the right things because if they don't, we will come down on them like a ton of bricks," he said.
He says there will be still companies that do not do what they should.
"Measures certainly needed to be taken following Anthony's death," he said.
"But there will companies who don't make any effort to provide adequate communications for truck drivers who need to go to remote locations, so therefore the laws may have to be toughened up a bit tighter."
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