Zero roadworker harm: Ethical and legal challenges

Burbridge, Andrew & Troutbeck, Rodney (2016) Zero roadworker harm: Ethical and legal challenges. Proceeding of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law. (In Press)

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Governments are required to make difficult decisions, requiring policymakers to strike a balance between equity for individuals and the collective good. Specifically with regard to road safety at roadworks, policymakers must find an acceptable balance between cost, mobility and the safety of both road users and workers. Discussion of the ethical and legislative challenges associated with finding such a balance is largely absent from the Australian road safety context. By means of review and reflection relating to literature, policy and legislation, this paper explores aspects of governmental intervention and management of risk through the general lens of road safety ethics and regulation of the road network. More specifically, this paper presents a discussion of the ethical, legislative and economic challenges confronting practitioners required to select positive protection for roadside work zones in Queensland, Australia. The ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’ principle is explored for consistency both with legislation governing the management of road infrastructure and with governmental commitments to achieve zero harm. This paper concludes that disconnects exist between requirements for practitioners to manage the road efficiently and requirements for practitioners to provide a workplace that is ‘safe’.

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ID Code: 98260
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: government, health and safety, temporary works
DOI: 10.1680/jmapl.16.00016
ISSN: 1751-4304
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
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 > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
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
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2016 03:10
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2016 22:08

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