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2013_NTI_Major_Accident_Investigation_Report_-_Web.pdf


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Great Report on Heavy Vehicle Accident Statistics!

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Jess Kopp's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:29 AM

Reading through this report there is a lot of surprising and some not so surprisings facts and statistics. For the majority of the roads the amount of vehicles are increasing so are the amount of crashes. However the trucking industry must be doing something right as the amount of fatal accidents involving trucks have been lesser of the truck drivers fault but more of the third part or the smaller vehicles fault.

 

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Hard impact: why work-related vehicle safety matters

Hard impact: why work-related vehicle safety matters | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it
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This is a fantastic article on the impacts and causes of workplace vehicle accidents. It has some excellent insights into the pressures faced by drivers in the logistics chain and how they can seriously influence workplace safety.

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A woman is listed as critical after this accident near Byron Bay

A woman is listed as critical after this accident near Byron Bay | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it
Two trucks and two cars were involved in the Pacific Highway accident
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This accident occurred not far from where I live on a section of road I frequent regularly. The Pacific Highway is undergoing a reconstruction at the site of the incident, and what was previously 100km/h divided road goes from 100km/h dual carriageway to 80km/h two way traffic with only T-top bollards and traffic cones to provide a physical barrier (I work in local government stores and purchasing so have a rather unhealthy interest in road safety products!). I remember driving this section of road a few weeks before this accident, and was surprised at how fast the road conditions changed in such a short section, the lack of physical barriers dividing the road and also that the southbound lane was forced to merge left or right at speed to select either the Byron Bay exit or the southbound lane, also with no traffic devices to guide them. The car carrier in the picture selected the Byron lane by accident and swerved into the southbound lane at the last minute, taking out the car and the Cement Australia truck at the same time.I would partly lay the blame for this incident in the hands of the person responsible for formulating and implementing the traffic control plan as in my opinion it was not adequate.

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Making workplace documents easier to read

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Quirky little article on the modification of OHS documents in the workplace to make them easier to read... Surprisingly effective:) Anything that improves the comprehension of material designed to keep workers safe has to be a good thing!!

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6 The "WHY" and "WHO" of an accident investigation in a workplace - YouTube

6 The "WHY" and "WHO" of an accident investigation in a workplace - YouTube | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it

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Thanks to Kylie-Jean Foster for this one... A very good description of accident investigation technique.

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Kyilie-Jean Foster's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:24 AM

Internal Investigations The who's and why's. A great explaination of accident investigations.

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Free truck driver health checks - Safe Work Australia

Free truck driver health checks - Safe Work Australia | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it
This site contains materials supporting the WHS laws including; the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model Codes of Practice. Analysis of data and research relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation is available from this site.
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A preventative step in the right direction... these are being done to provide a data set to form the basis of a nationwide strategy for preventative health checks for drivers. Great stuff from Safe Work Australia!

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Community devastated by loss of family in Catani truck crash

Community devastated by loss of family in Catani truck crash | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it

 one of te reasons Members of a farming community are "devastated" at the news that their work colleagues - a mum and dad - have been killed in the truck crash at Catani.

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Accidents like these are the reason I am studying Accident Forensics, and I believe that these type of accident could be prevented if they were properly investigated as workplace accidents and not just unfortunate tragedies. Every day in this country truck drivers take to our roads to work in and under conditions that would not be acceptable in any other workplace. Was this accident a momentary lapse of judgement on the drivers behalf or a result of fatigue, low rates of pay or pressure from the chain of command?

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Truck crashes ‘workplace accidents’

Truck crashes ‘workplace accidents’ | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it
TRUCK crash investigations should be treated like workplace accidents to ensure investigators can get to the root causes, an industry support group chief believes.
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I could not have said this any better myself:) This article hits home and makes the point that if the amount of fatalities in the heavy vehicle and freight logistics workplace occurred in other occupations there would be an absolute outcry.

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Fatal crash blocks highway north of Ballina

Fatal crash blocks highway north of Ballina | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it
Motorists are advised to avoid travelling on the Pacific Highway north of Ballina after a fatal crash truck crash at Tintenbar this afternoon.
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My thoughts are with the drivers family tonight... Just another day at work as a heavy vehicle driver...

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Chain of responsibility – what you can do

Chain of responsibility – what you can do | Emma's OHSQuest in Accident Forensics - Heavy Vehicle Accident Prevention | Scoop.it
Today we will look at the actual chain of responsibility and the obligations laid out for each party in the road transport industry.
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A good article in the Health and Safety Handbook about the responsibilities of each party in the chain of responsibility in heavy road transport - this legislation was introduced to try and battle fatigue related truck crashes especially amongst owner drivers and contractors.

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Media Release Archive - NSW Police Online

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Another police operation targeting safety in heavy vehicles. One of the only tools authorities have to improve safety in heavy vehicle fleets...

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WorkRelatedTraumaticInjuryFatalities2010-11.pdf

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Sobering statistics from Safe Work Australia. 27% of all fatalities in a workplace setting were truck related, and 75% of these were drivers...

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Amazing Video - Near-miss on highway. 7 News - YouTube

A van almost slams head-on into a truck on a Western Australian highway. Shown on 7 News Perth.
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Fatigue is one of the biggest risks involved in vehicle accidents involving heavy vehicles. The driver of this van was carrying out a work assignment when he had this accident... was it preventable?? Almost certainly...

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