Dan­ger of truck driv­ing dis­puted

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A RE­CENT Monash Uni­ver­sity study found truck driv­ing was Aus­tralia’s dead­li­est job.

The re­port, re­leased to co­in­cide with a Trans­port Work­ers Union visit to Can­berra to lobby for safe rates, said truck driv­ers are 13 times more likely to die at work than any other pro­fes­sion.

The study, launched at Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra, also showed there are se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for the wider econ­omy be­cause of truck driver health and safety: one mil­lion weeks of work were lost be­cause of in­jury.

“Truck driv­ers are be­ing ut­terly failed. They are be­ing bashed, bro­ken and killed be­cause of their jobs,” said TWU na­tional sec­re­tary Michael Kaine.

But those claims con­trast with the lat­est fig­ures from The Bureau of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Eco­nom­ics.

It said fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing heavy trucks de­creased by 7.7 per cent com­pared with the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod one year ear­lier (from 168 to 155 crashes) and de­creased by an av­er­age of 2 per cent per year over the three years to June 2018.

One high-placed in­dus­try source also said SafeWork Aus­tralia data also clearly re­futes the Monash find­ings.

He said it showed ‘forestry and log­ging’ and ‘fish­ing, hunting and trap­ping’ have much higher fa­tal­ity rates than truck driv­ing.

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