Transport industry in crisis with 163 crashes

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TRUCKIE John Waltis is sick of burying his mates.

Through the years, the veteran truck driver has been to the funerals of greater than 50 of his colleagues throughout the trade — which is the deadliest in Australia.

Talking on the Transport Staff Union (TWU) press convention forward of the Inquiry into Industrial Deaths as we speak, Mr Waltis stated in the course of the 12 months to the top of March 2018, 184 folks had been killed in 163 deadly crashes involving heavy vehicles throughout the nation.

He stated one thing needed to be carried out to deal with the highway demise disaster plaguing the trade.

“I’ve been to over 50 funerals. I don’t wish to go to a different considered one of an individual I do know,” Mr Waltis stated.

“I don’t wish to must go to a different household’s residence and inform them they’ve misplaced a cherished one.

“We’ve bought folks going to work that gained’t be coming residence … it’s not solely these guys who really go away … you’ve bought 1000’s of individuals affected.”

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Mr Waltis stated massive firms needed to be held accountable, in addition to the federal government, which he stated had “blood on its arms”.

“The highest of the meals chain must be held accountable. They’re those who set the ridiculous deadlines,” he stated.

He stated truck drivers had been battling towards fatigue, the pressures to fulfill deadlines and crashes resulting from mechanical faults and that laws was wanted urgently.

TWU appearing nationwide secretary Michael Kaine instructed the Senate Schooling and Employment References Committee that there was a direct hyperlink between the rise in deaths and the stress transport operators and drivers had been put below by main trade purchasers in a bid to decrease prices.

“Persons are being slaughtered on our roads within the title of company greed. We’d like more durable legal guidelines and stronger enforcement, however they’ll solely work if the enforcement begins on the supply of the issue and holds each company in provide chains to account,” he stated.

“The Federal Authorities can’t proceed to guard massive enterprise on the expense of security on our roads.”

Based on Mr Kaine, extra transport staff are killed on the job in Australia than in some other trade — and deaths involving truck crashes are on the rise.

He stated in April 2016, the federal government shut down a watchdog which had been investigating security in trucking and holding massive firms to account — and that 388 folks had died in trucking accidents for the reason that physique was dismantled.

The inquiry will even hear from varied specialists and representatives from different industries, together with well being and manufacturing.

Extra to come back.

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