Truck, highway, generic, heavy vehicle, file photo
Truck, highway, generic, heavy vehicle, file photo Kirstin Payne

Deaths must be workplace incidents

WORKSAFE in Western Australia is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues for commercial vehicle drivers.

But drivers have questioned how WorkSafe can get involved in the first place when driver deaths on the road are "apparently not workplace incidents”.

Craig Pirie said they should either be fully involved in driver workplace safety or not at all.

"Where exactly is the line drawn between 'We will monitor compliance with driver workplace safety' and 'Sorry your family member was killed doing their job but because it was on the road there's nothing more for us to do?'.”

Warwick Stiller said the government should also be in the chain of responsibility.

"To allow the industry to be compliant with their legislation, then they need to provide the right environment for that to happen.”

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