First results of a major study on safety at Queensland roadworks

Blackman, Ross A., Debnath, Ashim K., & Haworth, Narelle L. (2014) First results of a major study on safety at Queensland roadworks. In 9th Australian Road Engineering and Maintenance Conference, 1-2 April 2014, Melbourne, VIC.

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The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) is conducting a 3-year program of research, titled Integrating Technological and Organisational Approaches to Enhance the Safety of Roadworkers. The program is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), with support from industry partners Leighton Contractors, GHD, Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR), and the Australian Workers Union (AWU). This multidisciplinary project involves working together to enhance roadworker safety by:

• Investigating the real and perceived dangers at roadworks.

• Strengthening organisational policies and practices for roadworker safety.

• Testing innovative initiatives to improve driver behaviour at roadworks.

• Developing safety management models spanning different regulatory frameworks.

The project outcomes will include the following benefits:

• Practical and theoretical contributions at industry and academic levels for developing effective interventions/strategies to improve safety in road construction.

• Development of new measures to evaluate effectiveness of policy and organisational interventions to produce behavioural change among organisations involved in roadworks.

• Improved safety and productivity in urban and rural areas of Australia as a result of facilitating the delivery of road improvements.

This paper presents an overview of the research conducted to date as part of the overall program. The paper concentrates on issues relevant to moving vehicles, although the research recognises the importance of other hazards and risks associated with roadworks and construction projects generally.

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ID Code: 76124
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Queensland, roadworks, safety
Subjects: 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)
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 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2014 23:58
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2014 09:02

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