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Earlier today, delivery company DoorDash confirmed in a NSW parliament committee hearing the death of one of its delivery riders in September last year, taking the total to seven deaths in 2020, with two working for DoorDash.
DoorDash told the inquiry the 27-year-old man was killed, and no more contact was made with the worker’s family outside of initial contact. No more details have been provided so far, including whether the rider was covered by the company’s insurance policy at the time of death.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of this worker. It’s outrageous it’s taken almost a year for the company to publicly disclose this information, and the rider’s family deserves far better.
These companies don’t know whether their workers are alive or dead, and you have to question whether they even care. Failing to acknowledge or report that a worker has been killed while working for you shows just how little respect gig companies have for the safety of their riders.
Thanks for your time this morning. That has truly felt like going up a mountain. Again.
Speaking of which, when I was in Germany a few years ago our mate Martina took us up an actual mountain.
She promised us there was a hut at the top. A few hours into the hike we started to question whether she was just spinning a bizarre metaphor, that the hut was inside us, and that the gratification of reaching the summit would fill us with more satisfaction than a few of those litre-mugs of beer ever could.
The moral of the story is this. There was a hut. We drank beer and ate sausages. Please keep climbing.