A 21-year-old worker has died at an Adelaide construction site after he apparently fell under a passing truck.
The man from Victor Harbor was killed in the incident about lunchtime at the Costco site in Churchill Road at Kilburn in the northern suburbs.
He was a contractor working on landscaping for the car park of a new shopping complex and police said it appeared he fell under the truck when he slipped while sweeping up mulch.
SafeWork SA is investigating how the accident happened.
Executive director Bryan Russell said it was a tragedy for the young man, his family and other site workers.
"This death is a sad reminder about why we must all manage workplace risk and remain vigilant in eliminating and minimising work health and safety hazards," he said.
Source: ABC NEWS
Tell truckie Pat Armstrong that his job is the most dangerous in Australia and he’s not surprised at all.
A survey released this week by Life Insurance Finder found the transport and storage industry – which includes truck drivers – was the most dangerous job category in Australia.
It was an industry in which 65 people died last year.
Armstrong has been driving off and on since the 1970s and now is behind the wheel for Toll.
He said Toll drivers stick to the rules – ‘‘they watch us like hawks’’ – but he sees what goes on with drivers for other companies.
‘‘You see the trucks out there and what they do,’’ he said.
He sees them pushed to the limit, sees them go without sleep and sees them overlook maintenance on their vehicles as long as possible.
And sometimes even longer.
‘‘They’ll leave it till the last minute if they can, until something happens before they fix it,’’ Mr Armstrong said.
‘‘I couldn’t care about them, it’s the other people out there that they’re going to maim or kill. It’s the people out there like my relatives and your relatives that are going to suffer because of this idiot that’s running on the red.’’
He said he wasn’t worried about becoming one of the fatalities in his industry.
‘‘I won’t become one of those 65 a year because my company does everything right,’’ he said.
‘‘If I’m tired I’ll pull over, there are a lot of guys who can’t do that.’’
In the survey, there were no surprises in the top three – agriculture, forestry and fishing was ranked second and construction third.
The retail trade finished in seventh place.
Source: Illawarra Mercury
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is currently undertaking the review of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) as part of the Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program – a joint initiative with the National Transport Commission (NTC).
The NTC and NHVR have released two reports (Review Phase 1 and 2) for comment on the potential improvements to safety outcomes for the heavy vehicle industry as part of the Roadworthiness Program. The reports can be viewed at the NTC and NHVR websites.
The Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program is the first major initiative undertaken by the NHVR and the NTC under the recently agreed memorandum of understanding between the two organisations. The Program aims to develop policy and implementable measures for an improved national heavy vehicle roadworthiness system.
The Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program has two parts – including a review into the effectiveness of heavy vehicle inspections conducted by the NTC; and a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) conducted by the NHVR.
The purpose of the Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness Program is to develop options and recommendations for improving heavy vehicle inspection regimes – periodic and on-road compliance inspections, including operational reforms and as necessary, regulatory amendments. The NHVAS will look at substantive requirements, governance and administrative model – including the detailed implementation and operation of the maintenance management module.
Initial recommendations are expected to be delivered from late 2014, with final proposals for the improvement of the roadworthiness systems by mid-2015.
The NHVR has appointed Ms Jan Powning as Manager of the NHVAS Review.
Source: Prime Mover
Gordon Russell was on the road for over 50 years and spent 34 years carting milk in the Otway region.
Restoration of his International R190 is keeping Gordon Russell busy in retirement.
Gordon Russell from Colac in Victoria’s Western District retired last year at the age of 69.
His five decades on the road included 34 years collecting milk from dairy farms in the Otway region for Colac Dairying Co.
He joined the team in the late 1960s and the company was renamed ‘Bonlac Foods’ while he was there. "It didn’t matter whether I went north, south, east or west. I had fun along the way with the farmers and everybody," Gordon says.
He travelled up to 400km a day. Many of those kilometres were on steep and winding unsealed roads. "It wasn’t easy work. It was on road, off road, in around dairies, rough roads and gravel roads. Rain, hail and shine, milk had to be shifted from the farm."
Gordon already had a high opinion of International trucks and his work with the dairy company proved how resilient they were.
Gordon’s driving skills and devotion to the International brand were so renowned that he was asked to demonstrate new International trucks at Trucks in Action at Warragul every two years from 1986 to 1996.
He stayed with the dairy company until 2001 when he was made redundant. He was carting water for Eldridge Water Sales when he retired last year.
In retirement Gordon is restoring an International R190. "We’re changing nothing," Gordon says. "All we’re doing is pulling it to pieces, cleaning it up, painting it and putting it back together again." The project was nearing completion when Owner// Driver visited him at Colac.
Gordon spoke to us about his early career carting peas, and his trips across the Nullarbor carting refrigerators with a 1970 Kenworth 125.
An inquest has been told the driver involved in a fatal crash at the bottom of the South Eastern Freeway was making the descent in a truck for the first time.
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A New South Wales truck company has pleaded guilty to more than 150 charges of drivers working dangerously long hours.
Wollongong-based McCabe Transport was originally charged with 235 offences related to drivers not properly recording their work times in November and December 2011.
Company director Anthony McCabe pleaded guilty to 159 of the charges.
Going through each of the charges in detail, prosecutor Gabrielle Bashir told Downing Centre Local Court one driver on a long-haul trip between Dubbo, Broken Hill and Port Pirie in South Australia did not have an adequate break or keep a work diary.
She said the number of charges suggested the company had "a culture of non-compliance which at the very least was tolerated".
The court also heard allegations that some trip documents were falsified.
Magistrate William Pierce noted some of the offences were serious but is yet to hand down a sentence.
Company could face hefty fines
McCabe and his company could face hefty fines after the court heard each of the offences carried maximum penalties of thousands of dollars.
None of the McCabe Transport drivers have been prosecuted because they were offered immunity for helping investigators from Roads and Maritime Services.
The court heard under NSW regulations, truck drivers working on their own were allowed to drive for a maximum of 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
Recently, another trucking company, Cootes, was fined $500,000 in NSW and $50,000 in Victoria after pleading guilty to hundreds of road safety breaches.
Cootes was involved in a fatal tanker crash on Sydney's northern beaches last year. The truck was carrying 20,000 litres of fuel and some of it ran into nearby waterways.
In June, a NSW court fined Scott's Transport and two senior staff $1.25 million for speeding and speed limit tampering.
Source: ABC NEWS
Industry group wants changes to tolls when new truck curfews take effect.
The VTA wants tolls removed on trucks using the Bolte Bridge at night.
Tolls on trucks using the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne would be removed at night under a proposal from the Victorian Transport Association (VTA).
The lobby group has put forward the plan in light of a government decision to announce new truck bans and curfews on residential streets in Melbourne’s inner west that have been used to travel to and from the Port of Melbourne.
VTA CEO Peter Anderson says trucks will be forced to use the Bolte Bridge when restrictions on using residential streets are imposed.
"What the VTA and its members would like to see is some forward thinking and common sense by road authorities and operators," Anderson says.
"Given the existing and new night curfews in the access areas near the port precinct, the VTA is calling on a removal of tolls along the Bolte Bridge at night when these curfews come into play and drivers have no alternative but to travel along the toll road."
Anderson has also warned Transurban’s decision to increase tolls on heavy vehicles using the CityLink network from April 2017 will encourage more companies to use residential streets to avoid the impost.
Transurban made the decision to increase tolls to help cover the planned $850 million investment in widening the CityLink Tullamarine corridor. Extra lanes will be added and works are due to begin from early next year and finish in 2018.
The VTA estimates the increase will cost the trucking industry $130 million.
"Trucks already pay 1.9 times the toll of cars on CityLink, but will pay up to three times more than cars on the same stretch of road when the increase is introduced," Anderson says.
"Truck drivers and operators are already being chastised for travelling on inner city streets, particularly in residential areas adjacent to the CityLink/Tullamarine Freeway corridor. But faced with excessive and dramatic additional toll costs it’s anticipated that transport operators will seek alternative routes along local roads to contain costs and overheads," he says.
Anderson says operators will not be able to absorb the increase and will try and pass it on to their customers.
How’s this for a painful sight? It’s trailer full of new BMW M3s that were damaged in the making of the upcoming action blockbuster Mission Impossible 5.
Those who know their recent Mission Impossible movies will recognise BMW as one of the main car manufacturers behind the cars used in the various films. In Mission Impossible 4 a BMW i8 concept was used.
It’s understood the M3s on the truck were used for a chase scene in Morocco. Photos were sent into Motor.es, showing the cars on a truck in Gibraltar, which is the main shipping and ferry dock from Spain to Morocco.
Unfortunately, all of the M3s appear to be quite heavily damaged. On the plus side, we can look forward to some awesome chase scenes and carnage in the upcoming movie.
According to reports the M3s only use the body, wheels and brakes from actual M3 models, while the rest underneath is stripped out, with various other components used for certain areas.
Mission Impossible 5 is set to hit cinemas in the US on December 5. An Australian release date couldn’t be found at the time of writing.
What is left of the truck that overturned on Pittwater Rd, Dee Why. Picture: Braden Fastier.
A policewoman heading to work from Dee Why is fighting for her life in hospital after an out-of-control truck slammed into her car on Pittwater Road just after 6am this morning.
The driver of the 10-tonne Pantech truck careered into eight cars heading south near the notorious intersection of Warringah Road in Dee Why.
Police said the female officer was travelling to work with a colleague in a black Mazda when the truck crossed to the wrong side of Pittwater Rd at speed, hitting cars stopped at a red light.
Northern Beaches Local Area Command Superintendent David Darcy said it was extremely lucky no one was killed in the accident that happened about 6.10am at the notorious intersection between Warringah Rd and Pittwater Rd.
Dylan Fisher of Dee Why said he was stopped at the traffic lights when it happened.
“I looked up and this truck was coming down Warringah Rd way too fast,” Mr Fisher said.
“As it turned, it flipped over and took out the cars right in front of me. One car in front flipped and hit my car.
“It was very intense.”
Ralph Mastroinno, of Dee Why said: “It all happened so quickly, I saw the truck coming around the corner and slammed on my brakes ... if I hadn’t, I would have been in the middle of the crash.”
Police and RMS investigate the scene. Picture: Braden Fastier.
The truck came to rest on its side, pinning several cars including one car with a male and female police officer inside.
Emergency crews were on the scene by 6.25am, with five men being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital while the female police officer remained stuck beneath the truck.
The female police officer was removed by about 8am and rushed to a nearby baseball field where she was flown to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
The truck on Pittwater Rd. Picture: John Grainger
Fire and Rescue Superintendent Paul Bailey said she had been “heavily trapped” and had been fading in and out of consciousness while a police spokeswoman said the woman was in a serious but stable condition at time of publication.
Supt Darcy said it was a shocking scene.
“Every rescue personnel today had their hearts in their mouths for the people under the truck but it became euphoric when we realised they were OK,” Supt Darcy said.
“In my 30 years of service, I’ve never felt so lucky as today.
“Everyone in that accident has actually walked away with no life-threatening injuries and just frankly, I can’t believe it.
The truck overturned on Pittwater Rd.
“This truck has just ploughed through cars and we’ve just been so fortunate, that’s the way we’ve got to look at this today.”
Childcare worker Amy Griffiths said she was at the nearby Fitness First gym while the rescue operation was underway.
“I saw the truck tipped over on its side, like it was in midair, and it had crushed two utes.
“The truck was upside down and I was worried it was going to catch fire but someone told me it was diesel — if it was unleaded petrol I don’t know what would have happened.
“I was thinking how I was there only 10 minutes prior and I could have been taken out, and my best friend was in a car right behind me.
Source: Daily Telegraph
A 45-year-old truck driver is dead after his semi-trailer overturned north of Rockhampton.
The crash happened on the Bruce Highway near Marlborough about 7:30pm (AEST) last night.
The driver, from Plainland in the Lockyer Valley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The highway was closed for several hours but has since reopened.
Source: ABC NEWS
Transport and distribution specialist, Border Express, has taken delivery of seven UD Quon GW 26 420 prime movers that will operate from its Melbourne Airport site.
“Our drivers get in and out of their trucks up to 15 times a day and travel at least 250 kilometres. We needed something that was suited for local work, could handle industrial sites, that was reliable, cost-effective and that people would want to drive,” said Michael Beech, State Operations Manager, Border Express.
“Last week I saw one of our subcontractors return to the depot after an 11 hour shift. He looked fresh – that’s exactly what we want the trucks to be able to do for our drivers.”
According to Border Express, the UD GW 26 420 cabin has been designed for the ultimate in driver comfort including a multi-display monitor and telematics system. The Automated Manual Transmission provides smooth driving in a variety of driving scenarios such as hilly roads, long haul intercity journeys or any type of rough road. The series improves fuel economy, increases efficiency, reduces emissions and lessens driver fatigue.
The seven new UD trucks will join Border Express’ national fleet that now boasts up to 25 UD trucks.
Source: Prime Mover
Industry veteran claims drivers are being paid less than they are owed or not at all.
The RSRT has been told truck drivers are being paid less than they are owed in allowances or not being paid at all.
Investigating allowances paid to truck drivers should be the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s (RSRT) primary focus in 2015, according to a veteran driver.
Steve Corcoran believes drivers are being paid less than they are owed in allowances or not being paid at all.
Corcoran’s recommendation the RSRT look at allowances is in response to the tribunal’s request for industry to nominate issues it should put on its agenda for next year.
"Allowances such as the Disability Allowance needs to be addressed along with, Overnight Allowance, Living Away from home allowance, Meal Allowance and of course Risk Allowance," his written submission states.
"Truck Drivers are paid a lesser amount of Meal Allowance than every other person in any other industry that claims Meal Allowance, yet the amount specified is never paid in full in my experiences over the last 20 years."
Corcoran’s submission also takes issue with superannuation payments, which are paid based on ordinary hours of work excluding overtime.
"…Drivers of Australia [are] being massively short changed on their superannuation with current practices of paying a maximum of 38 hours a week or 76 hours a fortnight, when legally we can work 144 hours a fortnight," he writes.
Corcoran previously asked the RSRT to mandate "danger money" for drivers to recognise the high fatality rate in the transport industry.
He says employers should pay drivers a weekly tax-free payment of $100.
The RSRT last month announced it was accepting proposals on what it should add to its third annual work program.
Since its establishment in 2012, the tribunal has looked at practices in the supermarket, bulk and linehaul sectors and is currently in the middle of an investigation into the cash-in-transit industry.
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) urged all Victorian road users to consider the way they interact with heavy vehicles.
This week, VTA CEO Peter Anderson joined John Merritt, Chief Executive VicRoads and Neville Taylor, Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, on 3AWs Neil Mitchell program.
The segment focused on the important role that heavy vehicles play in society and the need for all motorists to interact safely with trucks on the road. “Trucks are responsible for the delivery of everyday essential items to our warehouses, supermarkets and stores,” Anderson said.
“Without heavy vehicles we wouldn’t be able to live our lives the way we do. The transport industry benefits all of society.
“Currently, road vehicles carry an estimated 84 percent of Victoria’s total land freight task so the chances of motorists encountering heavy vehicles on the roads is extremely high.
“As an industry body we expect truck drivers to be considerate of other road users and we urge the community to inform the relevant authorities if they witness unlawful behaviour; however we are seeing increased instances of poor decisions and risk taking from car drivers when mixing with trucks on the road.
Mr Anderson added, “In many instances drivers and the dash cams installed in many heavy vehicles are capturing motorists cutting too close in front of trucks when entering the road or changing lanes.
“This can be extremely dangerous and what the VTA urges society to understand is the distance it takes a truck to come to a stop; it is a much greater distance than that of a car due to the sheer size and weight of these heavy vehicles.
“The VTA appreciates that interacting with heavy vehicles on the road can be daunting, but there is no reason why heavy vehicles and other motorists can not share the road safely and efficiently.”
Source: Prime Mover
Truck drivers who are paid by the trip or the kilometre take fewer breaks and more drugs when driving, a new study has found.
In a paper presented to an international conference in Berlin this week, two Monash University researchers studied the way truck drivers' compensation related to fatigue behind the wheel.
About 350 drivers in NSW and WA were surveyed over two years, in one of the largest studies of driver behaviour and compensation undertaken in Australia.
The researchers found that drivers who were paid a "piece rate" – or on a per-kilometre or per-trip basis – drove for an average of up to 5.3 hours between breaks. This was an hour longer than those paid a salary or hourly wage.
"Anything above four hours is really starting to get into higher-risk territory," Jason Thompson, a co-author of the study and research fellow at the Monash Accident Research Centre, said.
More than 70 per cent of drivers surveyed were paid on an incentive, piece rate basis, a figure that rose even higher among NSW drivers.
Drivers paid on an incentive basis were also more likely to admit to using amphetamines behind the wheel: nearly 10 per cent of those who were paid per trip did so, compared with 2 per cent for those paid per kilometre and none on weekly or hourly wages.
"They reported all the signs of trying to fight sleepiness," Mr Thomson said. "The fact that people are trying to fight fatigue and some people are going to lose that fight is concerning."
Drivers on incentive payments reported slightly less sleepiness and fatigue. They also drove up to 150 kilometres a day more on average and were more likely to have slept in their truck the night before.
The new research comes as the federal government considers the future of the Gillard government's Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, a national body with the power to set pay and conditions for truck drivers.
A review into the body was handed to Employment Minister Eric Abetz but is yet to be released.
The minister has told the Federal Parliament there was no evidence to justify claims of a link between remuneration and safety but declined to comment for this story.
Transport Workers' Union assistant state secretary Michael Aird said the study's findings proved a link between pressure on drivers and safety.
"There needs to be safe rates for truck drivers if lives are to be saved," Mr Aird said. "The Prime Minister needs to decide if he'll back truck drivers and the community and support the RSRT's efforts to deal with the systemic issues causing over 300 deaths a year."
National Road Transport Association chief executive Chris Melham said he backed the abolition of the national regulator.
"Despite an increase in the number of heavy vehicles on our roads and the distances travelled, accidents involving heavy vehicles are continuing to reduce at an increased rate," he said.
Heavy trucks make up about 3 per cent of road traffic but more than 15 per cent of fatalities, according to the federal department of transport.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Procedural errors bring Sargeant Transport undone.
Sargeant Transport says David Cowan's actions breached the company's driver manual.
A truck driver sacked after being caught urinating outside a Woolworths distribution centre has received around $14,000 in compensation after winning an unfair dismissal claim.
David Cowan took his former employer, Sargeant Transport, to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after the company fired him in March this year.
A CCTV camera at the Woolworths distribution centre at Barnawatha in north-east Victoria caught Cowan relieving himself while waiting for his truck to be granted entry to the site.
Woolworths responded by banning him from all of its sites for three months.
Sargeant Transport viewed the camera footage and then decided to sack Cowan on the basis he breached the company’s driver manual that requires all employees "to conduct themselves in a polite and courteous professional manner".
However, FWC commissioner Michelle Bissett found that the trucking operator failed to follow the correct procedure for dismissing an employee.
Bissett says Sargeant Transport and its human resources manager, Kate Jewell, did not tell Cowan of the allegations and evidence against him or give him an opportunity to respond when told he was being sacked.
"I find it disturbing that neither Ms Jewell nor anyone else from the Respondent sat with the Applicant and explained to him the allegations, the evidence and the potential consequences of the allegations if proven, nor asked him why he should not be subject to a disciplinary outcome (including dismissal)," Bissett says in her written judgment.
"At no stage was any allegation put to the Applicant in writing, nor the extent of the evidence explained to him. Further, some relevant information, such as the length of the ban from Woolworths, was not given to the Applicant."
Bissett awarded Cowan $16,128 in compensation, but deducted from that amount payment he received from Sargeant in lieu of notice.
Cowan blamed the incident on a case of "urinary urgency" brought on by his diabetes. He says he did not have time to wait until he gained entry to the distribution centre and the toilet facilities inside there.
"He said if he did not urinate then he would have wet himself, something he says would have been unacceptable to the Respondent and to Woolworths and would have caused him great embarrassment," Bissett says.
Cowan managed to pick up work since leaving Sargeant Transport is now once again delivering freight to Woolworths distribution centres.