Report: Trucking is Australia's deadliest job

MOST truckies are working more than 50 hours a week and 42% wouldn't report a safety breach in fear they'd lose their jobs, a new report has found.

The report highlights the overburden of some regulation, the number of aging drivers, lack of training for new drivers and the uneven balance of accountability.

"The study takes a big picture look at the complex web of risk factors driving the unacceptably high rates of fatality and injury to road transport workers," Dr Sharron O'Neill said.

Dr O'Neill, a professor at University of New South Wales, is one of two authors behind the study.

In a statement, she said drivers experienced very different degrees of safety at work.

Fellow author Professor Louise Thornthwaite from Macquarie University said the research showed a 'blame the victim' culture in the industry.

Data used in the report showed more than 2500 people died in truck crashes across Australia from 2005-2014. 

The report was launched at a safety summit hosted by the Transport Workers Union in Sydney on Friday. 

The release of the report came on the same day New South Wales police raided Farragher Logistics in western Sydney.

The company owned a B-Double that crashed into a crane on Sydney's M1 on Tuesday, causing a major fire and blocking three lanes.

Police told 9 News Sydney they found fatigue infringements and seatbelt issues during the raid at Farragher's Blacktown facilities. 

You can read the report here

Attendees at the TWU safety summit.
Attendees at the TWU safety summit.

Topics:  trucking workplace health and safety

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