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A few months ago, I celebrated 50 years of working in the road transport industry, so I feel that I am qualified to offer positive comment on an industry that I love, have many friends in and have received accolades and awards for my contribution to, over these past years.
My involvement in transport and cartage actually started some years prior to 50 years ago, when as a morning newspaper boy aged 12, I delivered the NZ Herald six days a week to residents, dairies, local motor camps and hotels in Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore. For three years, prior to leaving school and starting fulltime work, I rose every morning at 4.50am to start delivering an average 100 newspapers a day (a daily run of an hour and a half) for 17/6d per week in all weathers. That takes commitment and dedication. Yes, the pay rate did rise over the years to 32 ‘bob’ or $3.20 a week in today’s money, but it was a good job!
You were required to have a good raincoat and hat, gumboots and a dynamo for lights on your bike. You were expected to have your bike in good mechanical order as well. The only trouble was as you slowed to a letterbox to fold and push the paper into the letterbox, the lights went out and on a dark wet morning you couldn’t see. Oh … to have a modern LED battery light then!
But that was the start of learning about health and safety. You were able to stay reasonably warm and dry, if it was wet and cold, other early risers could see you riding on the footpath and hopefully as you rode from gate to gate you didn’t take a tumble on to the ground as you rode bow legged with the canvas paper bag between your legs! Hi-Viz jackets hadn’t been invented then, but it was entirely up to you to do your job carefully and safely. Today it’s called zero harm.
In our early teenage years we progressed from our bikes to riding ‘shotgun’ on various other modes of transport. The Northern motorway and Auckland Harbour Bridge were under construction and the after school activities not only included homework and footy practice, but riding as a passenger on CAT DW15s and CAT DW20 motor scrapers, CAT D8s towing cable-operated scoops and best of all a J6 diesel powered 4 x 2 Bedford tip truck, as the motorway construction progressed.
From a health and safety point of view, you learned very quickly, that if you didn’t hold on tight, you invariably whacked your arm or funny bone, grazed a shin or got other minor grazes. It’s like a big swing on a tree, you only fall once and hurt yourself and from then on, you hold on tight!
But … you learned what was safe and what was not! You soon learned about safe angles for machinery to operate on, how to drive it correctly, how to carry out daily service functions and maintenance. A sunhat, sunglasses and boots were the safety items of the day. You learned to always make eye contact with a machine operator if you were walking on the site. You never walked behind a working machine at any time and as you got to know more about earthworks, machinery and trucks, you developed a love for this type of work. Blokes would show you how to do all kinds of stuff. When the bosses weren’t around, you could have a quick drive of things. At the end of the day if you were quick enough you would drive the machine from the diesel refuelling tank to the park area for the night.
Most tip trucks of the day had wooden decks with a cam and roller hoist and you learned how to always tip on level ground. You learned how to spread metal, how to back a trailer and a Saturday job washing trucks always got you a drive around the yard to park neatly in the row with others. General freight had to be tied on with ropes and tarps, not ratchet straps and curtain siders like today.
Later teenage years were spent riding in trucks on and off the Port of Auckland’s various wharves with phosphate, soda ash, sulphur, export iron sand (yep that too) and containers as they became more popular. Sand, gravel and builders mix was delivered to sites all over Auckland from barges at Devonport, Birkenhead and Panmure and major construction sites like Paremoremo Prison, the steel mill at Glenbrook and additions to Auckland Port, were served from Winstones and Stevensons quarries by trucks and trailers that you had learned to drive and had now obtained the correct licences for. The opening hours of the wharf or quarries dictated the hours that you could work. There were no log books or allowable work time/driving hours that you had to manage.
The same thing applied to logging trucks or stock trucks as mills or slaughter works had “work time” that you either met or you waited till the next day to deliver to.
There was no induction to enter a port area, a construction site, a forestry skid site or timber mill, or quarry. Why? Because you were expected to know what hazards were there! Logic made you aware that you kept away from other machinery, mobile or fixed, you didn’t need a painted walkway between buildings, you kept away from big holes or unfenced pits, you stood where a machine operator could see you as he loaded your truck or trailer and you acknowledged the loader driver when he had finished servicing your requirements, so that you could then carry out any load security or pre-trip departure activity.
So what has happened over the later years? We have stood by and watched as personal health and safety has been dictated to us by other persons, generally who have no knowledge or involvement in our industry. How can someone who has never ridden in a truck, sat in a digger’s cab or thrown a chain over a log, dictate what must be a formal requirement to enter a worksite? These rules, now endorsed by WorkSafe NZ to protect us from ourselves, have closed our industry to young people to the detriment of road transport businesses throughout the country.
You are no longer allowed to take your young son, or daughter for that matter, with you to work. They can’t ride in the truck with you on to a port, into a quarry, on to a forestry site, into a construction site or into some warehouses.
Why! Because they haven’t been inducted! No longer is it deemed that they will be safe on the site, because someone else is now delegated with ensuring that they are unable to learn. Our young people are being denied access to all sorts of industry because it is deemed unsafe for them by new rules for workplace safety.
Why can’t WorkSafe NZ promote a ‘learn on the job’ ticket whereby young people can be a recognised participant in road transport as an offsider or riding ‘shotgun’ in Dad’s truck or with any other adult prepared to show them the ropes and learn as they go. They could for instance qualify as a learner through a MITO programme, whereby the basics of safe travel in a truck to and from various worksites, construction zones, wharves or forestry would enable them to do what they want! That is to learn on the job while being with Dad, an older sibling or friend. It should be offered to them at school as part of a chosen curriculum or certainly available as part of choosing a career path into our industry.
Tech drawing, metalwork, woodwork, business studies and cooking are all offered to our young people at school as part of a learning experience. Why not basic road transport?
Without being able to access the basics required to learn about this fantastic industry, WorkSafe and the rules surrounding it are now slowly strangling any desire on the part of young people, to be a part of road transport and are the cause of health and safety regulation now killing our industry through a severe lack of young entrants.
No wonder there is a severe shortage of truck drivers! Let’s do something about it now!
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