TWU Concerned Bus Barriers Needed to Ensure Driver Safety

Reported by Zoe | 10 Jan, 2014

The TWU (Transport Workers Union) has called for barriers that would protect bus drivers to be installed in all Queensland buses and paid for by the state government after a driver was hospitalised as the result of an assault this week. The driver from Cairns had his arm cut after a “half-protection screen” was broken …

TWU Wants all Trucking Deaths Investigated by WHS

Reported by Zoe | 27 Nov, 2013

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has stated that workplace health and safety investigators should investigate trucking fatalities and that investigations shouldn’t be limited to police. Assistant secretary Scott Connolly said that at the moment only police investigate accidents involving trucks; however it is only trained health and safety investigators who can provide a more in-depth …

TWU Says Truck Crashes are Workplace Accidents

Reported by Zoe | 19 Dec, 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 …

Freight Companies Should Access Driver Records to Improve Road Safety According to ALC

Reported by Zoe | 17 Oct, 2012

The ALC (Australian Logistics Council) has claimed that roads would be safer if privacy laws could be bypassed and driver records were available to transport companies in a submission to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. According to the ALC transport companies must be able to verify if both employees and contractors who are utilising the …

Driver Fatigue Seen as Major Cause of Hume Hwy Truck Accidents

Reported by Zoe | 08 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library There has been a marked increase in truck accidents on the Hume Hwy that runs between Melbourne and Sydney and there are indicators that are pointing to driver fatigue rather than other causes. According to an ABC report a senior sergeant at Seymour Police Station is asking for additional resources to deal …

Survey reveals that truck drivers are forced to compromise safety

Reported by Haydee | 29 Nov, 2011

A recent survey conducted by the Transport Workers Union’s revealed that one in four truck drivers were pressured to drive at risky speeds to meet deadlines and that they are pushed through their limit. The Transport Workers’ Union’s 2011 Safe Rates Survey which was done over a three-week period was concluded on 11 November 2011. …