Understanding worker perceptions of common incidents at roadworks in Queensland

Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Blackman, Ross A., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2013) Understanding worker perceptions of common incidents at roadworks in Queensland. In Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing & Education Conference, ACRS, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

The process of building safer roads and roadsides needs to be managed to minimise risks to both the road using public and roadworkers. However, detailed and accurate data on fatalities and injuries at roadworks across Australia are not available. The lack of reliable safety records and consequent poor understanding of the hazards at roadworks motivated this research to examine the common trends in incidents and to understand workers' perceptions of the causes of incidents at roadworks. To achieve these aims, 66 roadworks personnel were interviewed in Queensland including road construction workers, traffic controllers, engineers, and managers. Qualitative analyses identified several major issues and themes. Vehicles driving into work areas, traffic controllers hit by vehicles, rear end crashes at roadwork approaches, and reversing incidents involving work vehicles and machinery were the most common types of incidents. Roadworkers perceived driver errors, such as violation of speed limits, distracted driving, and ignoring signage and traffic controllers' instructions as the main causes of the incidents.

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ID Code: 62540
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: work zone safety, Roadwork safety, Work zone crash, Safety perception, Qualitative analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
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
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2013 22:15
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 23:21

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