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Work related motor vehicle incident profiles : an analysis of costs and frequencies

Banks, Tamara D. & Davey, Jeremy D. (2005) Work related motor vehicle incident profiles : an analysis of costs and frequencies. In Australasian Road Safety Research Policing Education Conference, 14-16 November 2005, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

Work related road safety research is scarce. Due to an increasing awareness of workplace health and safety issues and the impact of fleet safety on business effectiveness, the current demand for fleet safety information has grown. To assist organisations in managing their fleets in an informed manner, this study analysed the frequency and severity of various types of motor vehicle incidents in a large Australian fleet of greater than 10,000 vehicles. Data pertaining to motor vehicle incidents that occurred between 1999 and 2003 was sourced from archival records of property damage, workers compensation and third party claims. The data includes 321 motor vehicle incidents that occurred during this period where a property damage claim was filed in relation to the researched fleet that could be matched with either a workers compensation claim or compulsory third party (CTP) claim. Therefore all estimates in this paper refer to average injury crashes. It was observed that incident frequency and severity varied substantially between different incident characteristics. This paper provides current data which could be utilised to guide judgements of the cost effectiveness of proposed interventions both within the fleet and broader road safety community. For example, most road safety programs are aimed at younger drivers. This study found that 60 percent of the drivers involved in an incident were between the ages of 31 and 50 years, and that drivers who were between the ages of 41 and 50 years had the highest average total incident cost. This would suggest that traditional programs may need to be modified to target this more mature audience.

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ID Code: 3814
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Motor Vehicle Incident Profiles, Motor Vehicle Incident Frequencies, Fleet Costs, Work related road safety
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 14:07

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