There are calls for an urgent response into “a massive safety crisis” unfolding in the Australian gig economy after yet another food delivery cyclist was killed on a Sydney road.
A food delivery cyclist died on Monday after being struck by a truck in Surry Hills.
Emergency services were called to the intersection of Chalmers and Cleveland streets about 6.40pm on Monday and found a food delivery rider had died at the scene after he was hit by a truck carrying an excavator.
The driver of the truck – a man believed to be aged in his 30s – was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for mandatory testing.
Inquiries are continuing by officers from the Crash Investigation Unit.
He is the second food delivery rider to be killed in Sydney in the past three days.
On Saturday, 27-year old Bijoy Paul, from Bangladesh, died after he was hit by a car in the southern Sydney suburb of Rockdale while delivering for UberEats.
The other delivery riders who have died in recent months are Xiaojun Chen and Dede Fredy.
Both worked for two different food delivery companies.
Another gig worker was killed in Melbourne.
The NSW opposition says the fifth delivery rider to die on Australian roads in the past three months reflects an unfolding safety crisis in the gig economy.
NSW Labor spokesman for the gig economy Daniel Mookhey is demanding an urgent response from the NSW government.
“Two deaths in three days is unacceptable. A massive safety crisis is unfolding in the gig economy. It will get worse over summer, Mr Mookhey said in a statement on Tuesday.
“No industry should be left to write their own rules. Every day of inaction puts more lives at risk.
“We need the state government to act. We need modern workplace health and safety laws and a modernised workers compensation system.”