AWU Mourns Death of Traffic Controller Overnight

Tuesday 07th November 2017

The AWU Queensland Acting Secretary Steve Baker said the Union is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news of the death of a Traffic Controller who was killed while working on the Fulton Hogan Seymour Whyte Joint Venture - Bruce Highway Upgrade Project – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway – CR2SM - at Tanawha overnight.

“All workers in Queensland have the right to go to work alive and arrive home alive at the end of their shift. Sadly, this Traffic Controller was deprived of that basic right last night,” Steve Baker said.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, his work mates and friends at this very difficult and sad time.

“This terrible news serves to remind all workers in the traffic control industry of the dangers associated with a job that serves not just to protect other workers in the construction industry who are performing their work, but also protects the community at large when driving through road works.

“Motorists must be extremely vigilant in ensuring that they obey all speed limits, road rules and follow all instructions when driving through road works to avoid tragedies such as these.

The Police and Work Health and Safety Queensland have commenced an immediate investigation into the causes of the fatality.

The AWU will be working with members, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and relevant employers over the coming days and weeks regarding this matter to make every effort to ensure that tragic events such as these are not repeated. 

Police media advise:

‘Preliminary investigations indicate around 12am, a man was struck by a car while performing traffic control duty at roadworks on the southbound lanes of the Bruce Highway between Forest Glen and the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

The 56-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene.