Coroner Kevin Tavener yesterday handed down his findings into the death of 35-year-old Anthony John Bradanovich, whose body was found on the Gunbarrel Highway on January 23, 2011, about 32km from where his truck was bogged. He had tried to walk for help.
Mr Tavener found Mr Bradanovich’s death from exertional heat stroke was an accident, but it was not possible to say why he had left his truck.
“What the evidence in this case does establish, however, is that the deceased was stranded, some considerable distance from his destination for some period of time, before anyone called for help,” Mr Tavener said.
“No one was responsible for ascertaining whether the deceased arrived safely at his destination within a reasonable time.”
Mr Bradanovich’s father Matt welcomed the findings, which he said contained “widespread implications” for transport companies who sent drivers to remote parts of Australia.
“We are also of the view that in particular the State Occupational Health and Safety Act needs to be strengthened in regard to a clear definition of remote, to better guide anyone who sends workers into remote areas,” he said.