The Other Side of Fatigue Management
A whistle-blower of a Far North trucking company that faced dozens of fatigue management charges is suing the company for almost $690,000 in damages. He is claiming he suffered injuries, including depression and bowel problems due to the “breach of contract and negligence” of the company. Along with medical expenses, he is seeking compensation for loss of past and future income, interest and superannuation.
He claimed drivers were under pressure and breaking fatigue laws to meet deadlines. The Company Manager and 45 drivers were charged, with the drivers collectively fined about $65,000. The 43 charges against the Manager were dropped in a Townsville court last year, but this has been appealed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.