QLD: Recycling Firm Fined as Sweeper Gets Run Over

Reported by Julia | 22 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a recycling company over a vehicle-related accident that claimed the life of an employee. The Mackay company has been fined $120,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of section 24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, having failed to ensure workplace safety. The court was told …

QLD: Transport Firm Fined over Truck Unloading Accident

Reported by Julia | 20 Oct, 2010

The Brisbane Industrial Magistrates Court has fined a transport company after its manager and a truck driver of another company were hurt during unloading of a truck trailer. The defendant pleaded guilty to breaching s.24(1) of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. It was fined $34 000 and ordered to pay investigation and court …

QLD: Woman Undergoes Surgery After Truck Accident

Reported by Julia | 11 Oct, 2010

A woman required surgery following a truck accident in Port Douglas in far north Queensland on Tuesday. The 54-year-old woman sustained injuries while working at the Port Village shopping centre, said Sergeant Damien Meadows. She was helping the driver of the delivery truck in reversing into a loading bay when the lower part of her …

QLD: Body Formed to Curb Bus Driver Attacks

Reported by Julia | 01 Oct, 2010

The Queensland government and various stakeholders will form a new committee to address the increasing physical assaults on bus drivers. The Bus Safety Committee will be composed of drivers, transport company representatives, the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Translink, police, and the workplace health and safety and transport departments. According to Translink, 79 assaults on bus …

SA: Stricter Driver Requirements Sought

Reported by Julia | 30 Sep, 2010

Changes are being proposed for the transport industry in the form of stricter guidelines for commercial vehicle drivers in South Australia. According to Road Safety Minister Jack Snelling, the proposal can positively impact safety for all road users. He told the Parliament the guidelines will be more rigorous than the nationally-agreed medical standards for granting …

VIC: Charges Dropped in Mine Fatality

Reported by Julia | 28 Sep, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has withdrawn the charges against three companies over the death of a 17-year-old worker at a Ballarat gold mine. The young man was working at the mine when a truck hit him in December 2008. An earthmoving and civil construction company, a fleet services firm, and the mine operator had been charged of …

NSW: Driver’s Death Prompts Changes in Refuelling Practices

Reported by Julia | 25 Sep, 2010

The death of a man at a southern New South Wales construction site has resulted to improvements in refuelling practices, a senior roads official said. A 39-year-old truck driver has been killed at a Tarcutta bypass site in July 1 after being pinned between a fuel tanker and a reversing front-end loader. Charlie Blomfield, general …

VIC: Truckies Forced into Drugs to Meet Deadlines

Reported by Julia | 22 Sep, 2010

Truck drivers are urging Geelong police authorities to look into transport companies that set unrealistic deadlines, pressuring drivers to take drugs to meet the targets. Geelong police said it will be working with the transport industry to maintain road safety for all motorists. Truckies have called for an investigation after 14 drivers were tested positive …

QLD: Truckies Raise Concern over Queensland Roads

Reported by Julia | 21 Sep, 2010

Truck drivers traversing Bruce Highway is concerned of the road’s shape, which they said isn’t getting any better. One man who has been working for the transport industry for 27 years said highway was in a bad shape. “There are too many accidents,” he said. He plies the Brisbane to Rockhampton route and back twice …

WA: Bakery Accused of Allowing Long Hours for Delivery Drivers

Reported by Julia | 16 Sep, 2010

A bakery in Geraldton has been charged for failing to provide adequate rest breaks for its delivery drivers. WorkSafe is prosecuting the company for its alleged breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The safety watchdog alleges the company allowed its drivers to work for more than 17 hours a day during a 24-hour …

QLD: Miners Mourns Death of Engineer

Reported by Julia | 02 Sep, 2010

A contract miner has died in a vehicle accident in Blackwater on Tuesday. The death of the 55-year-old civil engineer was mourned by his workmates at a Blackwater mine. “Everyone is really sad. No one wants to go back,” a miner said yesterday. The man was with three others inside a four-wheel drive that crashed …

NSW: Unon Questions Oversight in Tarcutta Bypass Death

Reported by Julia | 01 Sep, 2010

A union official is questioning whether the death of a worker on July at the Tarcutta bypass worksite was due to a safety oversight. A 39-year-old worker was killed on July 1 at the southern NSW construction site after being pinned between his fuel tanker and a reversing front-end loader. Rick Reich of the Construction, …

SA: Deaths in Desal Plant Revealed

Reported by Julia | 01 Sep, 2010

Adelaide’s desalination plant is under scrutiny following three deaths linked to the site. On July 16, a 35-year-old man was killed after being struck by a steel beam that fell from a crane. Reports have recently revealed a worker who “drowned in diesel” while another who died in a vehicle accident. On February 15, a …

QLD: Research Centre Probes Link Between Truckie Culture and Crashes

Reported by Julia | 31 Aug, 2010

A Queensland accident research centre will take a closer look at the connection between heavy vehicle crashes and the culture of truck drivers. Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety will undertake a three-year study that will also look into the effect of safety regulations on driver behaviour. PhD student Jason …

VIC: Driver Pleads Guilty Over Workmate’s Death

Reported by Julia | 26 Aug, 2010

A driver has pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of others on Tuesday after running over a workmate with a 40-tonne truck. The Ballarat Magistrates Court heard the incident took place at the Ballarat Gold Mine. The 37-year-old driver gave his 17-year-old colleague a lift back to the worksite after a break. The …

SA: Transport Firm’s Conviction Overturned

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2010

A bus company has won its appeal in the Industrial Court, absolving it of liability over an employee’s death in Adelaide’s north. A bus driver was killed in 2005 at Elizabeth Shopping Centre. He got out of the bus with the engine running and the handbrake off when the vehicle ran over him. The company …

WA: Apprentice’s Driving Costs Car Dealership

Reported by Julia | 20 Aug, 2010

The Perth Magistrates Court has fined a vehicle dealership on Tuesday after a car driven by an apprentice hit a car detailer. The Osborne Park company was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $1750.70 in costs for failing to provide a working environment in which its employees were not exposed to hazards. The incident happened …

NSW: Driver Dies as Vehicle Rolls Over

Reported by Julia | 11 Aug, 2010

A garbage truck driver has been killed when his truck overturned in Sydney’s west. The incident occurred on Mulgoa Road, in Penrith on July 27. According to police, the man became trapped in the cabin of the truck. The driver, who was the sole occupant of the garbage truck, died at the scene. It is …

SA: Bus Company to Appeal Conviction

Reported by Julia | 08 Jun, 2010

A bus company whose driver has been killed is planning to appeal its conviction in the Industrial Court. The company, which provides transport service in the outer South Adelaide area, was found guilty to failing to maintain a safe work environment. The Court heard the driver was plying his bus in Elizabeth when he got …

VIC: WorkSafe Urges Proper Training for Workers with Limited English

Reported by Julia | 02 Jun, 2010

Employees with limited English must be trained by their employers so the workers can do their work safely, WorkSafe said. WorkSafe’s statement comes at the heels of the conviction of a Victorian potato farm to failing to ensure an employee with limited English received safety training before operating a telehandler. The Mildura Magistrates’ Court fined …

Changes in Transport Sector Urged

Reported by Julia | 25 May, 2010

A truck driver’s union has been critical of the slow response by the Federal Government on a report released 18 months ago. The union, who is pushing for reforms in the transport industry, said 430 people have been killed in truck-related accidents since the release of the report. A recent casualty involved a truck driver …