Accidents involving trucks have recently proven to be a popular topic in news reports across the country, with speed limiter tampering cited as a major contributor to such incidents.
What remains to be exposed however, is that many companies are not investing the time or the money needed to properly maintain their gear. The result? Businesses are negligently ordering their workers to compromise their own safety and the safety of others or risk the sack.
Should more be done to protect our truckers and their working conditions? After all, without trucks, Australia stops.
Absolutely. These men and women are parents, friends, neighbours, brothers and sisters. They deserve to be looked after with occupational health and safety just as anyone else who goes to work and puts in a hard day.
I think at the other end of it, not only do the trucking companies have the responsibility of maintaining their trucks, but other drivers on the road need to be aware of how long it takes a truck to stop. Only today, I witnessed a car pull into the lane of a slowing down truck, which had obviously left himself enough room to stop, but had to break hard not to hit the car as she stopped at the lights. I mean really, that puts a lot of pressure on trucks which is unnecessary, not to mention an accident waiting to happen.
One of my friend's husband is a truck driver (in Canada). He is the most stressed out person I have ever met. Their marriage has been affected by his work as well. Anyhow, the question is what can be done to protect the truckers. Definitely give them practical and humanly possible deadlines.
I can't say I know too much about trucks or the people driving them. From some of the stories you hear you do get the idea that conditions aren't the best. I imagine it is quite hard on both truck drivers and their families.
I can't comment on specifics, but I think companies definitely have to keep their employees safety and wellbeing as one of their top priorities.