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Safety Gone Mad at Linfox in Hedland

« Back to News Articles Safety Gone Mad at Linfox in Hedland

On August 28th I attended a meeting – or should I say a lynching – in Hedland where our delegate for general freight drivers was summarily dismissed.

The pre-determined dismissal was for willfully stepping on to an extendable trailer to choke his load with a chain without permission. And not having gates up on the trailer.

There are two issues with this and the first is that there are no gates on an extendable trailer.

The second is – what wise man or woman sent this driver to pick up freight without an expectation that he would need to secure it!!

I’m afraid safety has gone mad in this industry– and let me assure you, I am a very safety conscious person.

The sacked delegate, Kon Mitrakas, is a seasoned professional who takes particular pride in the way he does his job.

He is a man who doesn’t take short cuts and never damages gear.

Kon had placed safety platforms on each side of the trailer before getting on to it. He assessed the risk and used equipment to mitigate the risk. He thought for himself like professional operators do.

Linfox say that their client, BHP, is responsible for the decision to dismiss Kon.

BHP – the experts in all matters relating to safety – what a joke!

Another Linfox driver was terminated earlier this year after an incident in Newman where BHP operate a fuel gantry with the “SCULLY’ being bypassed! Who are the dangerous ones??

Recently Kon Mitrakas had raised fresh allegations about ongoing bullying and harassment. In my view, his sacking is the payback.

And his unjust sacking cannot be ignored.

The TWU has lodged unfair dismissal papers with Fair Work Australia and we intend going in hard.

In the meantime my advice to our members is stay off the trailers at all cost. If your load comes loose down the highway then get your truck to a safe location and call the "Safety Police" to come and secure it.

"Protect yourself and your job"