Between 2003–15, there were 583 work-related fatalities in the road transport industry, with 92% (535) occurring in the road freight transport industry. This is a very sobering statistic.
Sherritt & Sons places a high value in observing occupational health and safety (OH & S) policies in line with government regulations. While there have been significant reductions in the number and rate of injuries and fatalities in the trucking industry over the past decade, it remains a high risk industry.
Risks to truck drivers can involve:
- Time pressures;
- Shift work, fatigue and physical fitness;
- Poor vehicle design;
- Manual handling of heavy weights;
- Working at height; and
- Exposure to gases and fumes.