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Thirty per cent of workers’ deaths over the past decade have been due to truck-related incidents, says the latest Safe Work Australia report.

Between 2003 and 2012, 787 workers were killed in these incidents, according to the report, ‘Work-related fatalities involving trucks, Australia, 2003 to 2012’.

The report’s key findings state that 80 per cent of the incidents on public roads involved the death of the truck driver or passenger.

It also notes that 39 per cent of fatalities involved single-vehicle truck crashes while incidents that occurred while loading or unloading a vehicle accounted for 15 per cent of the fatalities, and repair and maintenance activities accounted for seven per cent.

Half of the truck-related fatalities occurred in the transport, postal and warehousing sector.

For more detail, visit the report.

Published on 22 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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