The Transport Workers Union is calling for the introduction of new laws making it mandatory for employers to provide emergency positioning beacons to transport workers operating in remote areas.
The call comes after the tragic death of a truck driver in Western Australia earlier this month.
Clayton Miller was found dead on a remote Mid West roadside in Western Australia last Friday after he left his bogged truck and walked about 20km in 46C looking for help.
Transport Workers Union spokesman Paul Aslan wants that changed.
“We believe that if either an EPIRB or a sat phone had been provided to those two men, they would still be with us today,” he said.
“And they’re not, they’re dead and that’s a tragic thing.”