Vehicle Incidents - A Leading Cause of Workplace Deaths

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Recent statistics show that vehicle incidents and being hit by objects were the most common causes of workplace deaths in the first half of 2013.

The January-June 2013 Notified Fatalities Report , published by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), records sixteen work related deaths over the six month period.

WHSQ notified 16 fatalities to Safe Work Australia for the six months January to June 2013, involving 15 workers and one bystander.

The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector had the highest number of fatalities (four). North Queensland had the highest number of fatalities, with seven, followed by three in each of all other regions of the state. Once again, the majority of fatalities were male (12).

'Vehicle incident' and 'being hit by objects' were the two most common mechanism groups involved in the fatalities, with seven each. Farm workers and labourers were the most common occupation groups, with four each.

The operation of a motor vehicle is the most high risk situation workplaces are facing. Russell White from Driver Safety Australia has urged all organisations to closely review their fleet safety policies and take action to ensure that staff are adequately inducted and appropriately trained.

“Work related road safety represents a major risk to all companies who operate vehicles. This applies to all vehicles including a light vehicle fleet,” Mr White said.

When you consider the amount of control and regulation that exists in relation to other workplace risks, it is clear road safety needs to be better addressed and placed higher on the agenda of company owners and directors.

If you want to find out more about implementing fleet safety procedures and reducing your corporate risk, contact Driver Safety Australia on 1300 264 199.

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