TWU Calls For Urgent Solution To Crisis In Trucking Following Horror Crash

Release date: 7/11/2016

TWU SA/NT Branch Media Release, 7 November 2016
A truck driver has been killed and two others have been taken to hospital after a horrific truck crash on the Eyre Highway, west of Ceduna, highlighting the deadly nature of the job and the need for a solution to the crisis in trucking.

Reports suggest two heavy vehicles crashed head on yesterday, according to police.
“My condolences go to the family and friends left bereaved from this crash. The thoughts of all the trucking community are with them. This matter has yet to be fully investigated and we await the police report. But what we do know is that there is a crisis in trucking where drivers are pushed to speed, drive long hours and skip mandatory rest breaks all to meet unrealistic deadlines. The cause of this is low cost contracts by wealthy retailers and clients which put undue pressure on the system,” said TWU SA/NT Branch Secretary Ray Wyatt.
“The Federal Government’s own report released this year shows truck driving has the highest fatality rates of any industry. It shows a system of safe rates, where drivers are paid minimum rates for all their work, would cut truck crashes by 28%*. Yet the Government is opposed to this solution and as a result it is families and the wider community which are bearing the brunt,” Ray added.
Another truck driver was killed south of Perth yesterday. A Safe Work Australia report recently showed truck driving is Australia’s deadliest job with 583 drivers killed between 2003 and 2015.
Sue Posnakidis, whose brother John, also a truck driver, died in a truck crash in Adelaide in 2010, said: “My brother’s death was not an accident. The driver who crashed into him was inexperienced, fatigued and driving a truck which had faulty brakes. I want to make sure no other family goes through what mine is still going through,” she said.
In the 10 years to 2014 over 2,500 people died in truck crashes.

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