A truck driver who died of heat stroke after his vehicle became bogged in remote desert near Wiluna was stranded "for some time" before anyone raised the alarm, a WA coroner has found.
Coroner Kevin Tavener criticised Anthony John Bradanovich's induction session with Wangara transport company Cartwright Holdings as inadequate, saying it did not provide him with enough information about emergency breakdown procedures.
His comments were made in his findings into the death of Mr Bradanovich, whose body was found on the Gunbarrel Highway on January 23 last year, about 32km from where his truck was bogged.
Mr Bradanovich, 35, an experienced truck driver who had started work with Cartwright two days earlier, was delivering a consignment to Newmont's Jundee gold mine.
A passing motorist stopped after seeing his truck but he could not see anyone inside and thought the driver had been picked up.
Mr Tavener found no one was responsible for finding out whether Mr Bradanovich, who died of exertional heat stroke, arrived safely at his destination within a reasonable time.
He said it was not known why Mr Bradanovich left his truck and how much water he had with him. It also appeared that he was not given information about site-specific radio channels or told that they were constantly monitored.
The coroner recommended Cartwright and Toll Express, which subcontracted Cartwright, review their systems to ensure drivers were given ample drinking water and a route-specific "emergency breakdown" advice card.
He also suggested drivers be given a personal GPS locator beacon as well as maps and clear written directions.
He recommended Toll and Cartwright audit their procedures to find out where truck drivers were if they were running late.
Mr Bradanovich's father, Matt, welcomed the coroner's recommendations and hoped they would go some way to improving safety.Mr Tavener said people should stay with their vehicle if it broke down in a remote spot.
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