Surprising, isn’t it, that in January alone this year, there have already been 5 fatalities in the transport, postal & warehousing sector according to Safe Work Australia.
Is it really that surprising? Last year’s figures, the transport, postal and warehousing sector ranked the highest in terms of total work-related deaths, with 64 deaths recorded.
In light of these figures a new research reveals that truck driving is one of the deadliest jobs in Australia.
According to a report from Fairfax Media, the Macquarie University study surveyed 559 truck drivers and found that a high proportion of workers spend long and dangerous hours carrying unsafe loads to avoid losing their jobs.
Author, Professor Louise Thornthwaite from Macquarie University’s Centre for Workforce Futures, said the study reveals a “blame the victim” culture and urged those at the top of the Chain of Responsibility to be held accountable for safety.
Do you know your obligations and duties when it comes to health and safety in your workplace? Is safety a priority or do you “turn a blind eye just so the job gets done”?
For the transport, postal and warehousing industry, more obviously needs to be done to achieve better safety outcomes and keep workers and drivers safe while on the job.
To address some of the major hazards and concerns within the transport, postal and warehousing sector, recently released transport and warehouse safety resource guides, provide managers and their workers with advice on the following hot-topics:
This year, both of the transport and warehouse sector guides provide readers with layers of interactivity now that they are both Augmented Reality capable. Use the Pro-Vis AR app to access further resources and engaging content, to encourage and ensure that safety is a priority in your workplace rather than a process of “ticking the boxes to look compliant”.