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A research based case study approach to the development of fleet safety interventions in large vehicle fleets

Wishart, Darren E. & Davey, Jeremy D. (2004) A research based case study approach to the development of fleet safety interventions in large vehicle fleets. In Safety In Action Conference, 30 March - 1 April 2004, Melbourne, Victoria.

Abstract

Due to relatively little research in Australia and overseas, there is increased attention being devoted to the area of fleet and work related road safety. This is in part due to an awareness of workplace health and safety issues and the overall impact that fleet related safety issues have on business effectiveness and road safety (Downs et al, 1999; Haworth et al, 2000). Historically costs associated with work related vehicle crashes have more often than not been calculated in terms of vehicle damage or write off costs. Murray, Newnam, Watson, Davey, Schonfeld (2003) suggest that the direct cost of crashes in terms of repairs is only the tip of the iceberg. In recent years changes in industry/employer accountability, business processes, OH&S, Workers Compensation legislation, insurance and third party coverage, and a generally a more litigious environment require industry to develop better benchmarking along with more comprehensive programs to improve fleet safety. There is currently only a small amount of work in this area and estimates of the true cost for work related crashes suggest that hidden costs may be somewhere between 8-36 times vehicle repair/replacement costs (Murray et al, 2003). Based solely on workers compensation data estimates of costs to Australian industry for work related crashes have been in the vicinity of $400 - $500 million per year (Wheatley, 1997). According to the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics based on 1996 figures the average cost to society for a fatal crash is $1.7 million.

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ID Code: 10148
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:47

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