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Development of a specialist investigation standard for heavy vehicle fatal collisions in Victoria

Bugeja, Lyndal, Symmons, Mark, Brodie, Lisa, Osborne, Noel, Ibrahim, Joseph

Heavy Vehicles


The Work Related Liaison Service (WRLS)1 of the Victorian Coronial Services Centre was established in July 2005 to enhance injury prevention and control. The primary role of the WRLS is to assist the Coroner by reviewing work-related deaths, developing evidence-based information on injury risk factors and countermeasures and facilitatating effective inter-agency collaboration. In the 2005-2006 financial year, the WRLS noted that 29% of the deaths meeting their inclusion criteria involved a heavy vehicle collision, and that 33% of the total number of unintentional work-related deaths were of heavy vehicle drivers undertaking their core work activities. It was also recognised that the investigation of fatal heavy transport collisions needed to be improved in order to assist in the systematic identification of causal risk factors and the subsequent development of countermeasures. The development of a comprehensive investigation standard for the WRLS for work-related heavy vehicle collision is the focus of this paper. The standard benefited from the input of a number of experts from different areas of heavy vehicle safety. The standard will be validated by applying it to a series of fifty completed Victorian death investigations of heavy vehicle drivers for the period 2000 to 2005. It is envisaged that a prospective field trial of the standard be conducted by expert Victoria Police crash investigators in the near future.