11:00 am, Wednesday 19 December, 2012
A central Queensland truck driver who works as a sub-contractor has raised concern that roads that “bleed” and flick loose stones into traffic is a risk for him and other truck drivers.
Recently his windscreen was cracked on a stretch of road in Emerald and his question according to the Central Queensland News is who foots the bill for the damage when it is caused while he is working.
His livelihood and safety in his workplace partly relies on the roads being in a proper state of repair.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has called for the government to consider all heavy vehicle road accidents to be investigated as workplace incidents. Six trucks have been involved in three accidents with three fatalities on Queensland’s roads recently.
Peter Biagini the TWU Queensland Branch secretary said that the job of a truck driver is to drive yet if they are involved in an accident a workplace health and safety investigation is not conducted.
He said that truck accidents needed to be scrutinised as workplace incidents to understand what caused them.