Rwth Stuckey was employed part-time at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) as the staff Occupational Health and Safety Adviser. She is also a member of the National Fleet Safety Working Party. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the TAC or the Fleet Safety Working Party.
Risk factors for worker injury and death from occupational light vehicles crashes in New South Wales (Australia)†
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 53, Issue 9, pages 931–939, September 2010
How to Cite
Stuckey, R., Glass, D. C., LaMontagne, A. D., Wolfe, R. and Sim, M. R. (2010), Risk factors for worker injury and death from occupational light vehicles crashes in New South Wales (Australia). Am. J. Ind. Med., 53: 931–939. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20854
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 MAR 2010
- occupational health;
- work driving;
- work deaths;
- light vehicles
To identify risk and protective factors for crash casualty outcomes in occupational light vehicles (OLV), a previously under-recognized work context for injuries and fatalities.
A register-based study was conducted using linked vehicle crash and registration data (n = 13,491) for the Australian state of New South Wales. Univariate and multivariate analyses were undertaken to assess the relationship between casualty outcomes and variables drawn from four domains of potential determinants of severity: user, vehicle, road, and work organization factors.
Nineteen percent of OLV crashes had OLV-user casualties (n = 2,506) and 1% fatalities (n = 34). Adjusted casualty risk factors included tired driver (OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.5–2.7), no seat belt use (OR 1.8, 95% CI 1.4–2.3), and excessive speed (OR 1.4, 95% CI 1.2–1.6). Adjusted fatality risk factors were no seat belt (OR 12.9, 95% CI 4.9–34.3) and high-speed zone crash (OR 5.0, 95% CI 2.1–12.3).
OLV users are at risk from both recognized road risks and hazards specific to OLV use. Findings suggest that risk reduction could be improved by the use of safer vehicles, fatigue management, and journey planning. Am. J. Ind. Med. 53:931–939, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.