Danger of truck driving disputed
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.