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Union push for Trucking Accident Investigations

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Transport Workers Union says workplace health and safety officials should investigate all trucking fatalities.

Assistant secretary Scott Connolly says currently only police investigate crashes involving trucks, like Monday's fatal rollover at Kogan.

However, he says only workplace health and safety officials can provide a more thorough investigation.

"These accidents are treated as road accidents as opposed to workplace accidents and so they don't get the full scrutiny of the workplace health and safety authorities that is required to actually start really making improvements in the state of fatality rates in our industry and on our highways," he said.

He says police investigations do not look into the driver's history or workplace pressures.

"Who was the load allocator, who didn't check the driver's log book and realise he worked 14 hours or 12 hours before he'd gone out and done that extra six, seven, eight-hour trip?

"So there's some fundamental mechanisms that health and safety laws have in place that aren't applied to these accidents."

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland says it investigates transport crashes that have a work-related component.

Courtesy of ABC News


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