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September ‘14 Newsletter

WELCOME to our September '14 Newsletter

The focus of this quarter's newsetter is driving safety.  In this issue, we look at:

  • the importance of driver behaviour and how it can be used to influence driver safety;
  • some valuable crash statistics;
  • a Shawsett world-first research initiative; and
  • fleet safety.

We hope you find the information useful.

Reduce the human, financial and legal costs of work related crashes

It is well established that driver behaviour is the principal cause of crashes (see also Crash Statistics below). Research shows that the highest risk behaviours include aggression, thrill seeking, low hazard monitoring, ineffective coping strategies and susceptibility to fatigue. DriverMetrics® methodology for improving driver safety involves a three stage solution to impact driver behaviours and reduce accident risk.


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Address at-risk driver behaviour and improve safety with a range of interventions tailored to the Driver Risk Index™ results.

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Crash Statistics – WA

The Preliminary Fatal and Critical Injury Summary 2013 Report has been released by the Office of Road Safety which includes details on fatalities and critical injuries sustained in reportable road crashes occurring on roads open to the public and arising from normal use of the road. A brief summary of some of the findings is included below:

  • Although there have been decreases in the fatality and critical injury counts in WA, these reductions were not experienced equally across Metropolitan and Regional WA. Regional WA has seen a greater reduction in both fatality and critical injuries than Metropolitan WA.
  • Despite males consistently representing half of the WA population over the past six years, 80 per cent (130) of the 162 fatalities in 2013 were male and 20 per cent (32) were female.
  • In 2013, the highest number of fatalities (27, 17%) was in the 30 – 39 year age group and the highest number of critical injuries (35, 18%) was in the 20 – 24 year age group.
  • While the majority (57%, 92) were killed in crashes that did not have alcohol, speed, fatigue, or inattention recorded as a contributing factor, 30 per cent (49) were in crashes where speed, alcohol, or a combination of both was recorded as contributing.
  • The findings for critical injuries are different: the most common contributing factor was inattention alone, with 15 per cent (28) of all critical injuries resulting from crashes where inattention was thought to be a contributing factor.
  • Of the 89 fatalities in Metropolitan WA, one-quarter (26%, 23) resulted from crashes that occurred in 60 km/h speed zones. This represented the highest proportion of fatalities in the Metropolitan area, closely followed by 70 km/h speed zones (21%, 19).

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 Hazard perception research project

These units promote the skills and knowledge required to drive a light/medium/heavy rigid vehicle safely including systematic and efficient control of all vehicle functions, monitoring of traffic and road conditions, management of vehicle condition and performance and effective management of hazardous situations.

The aim of the course is to enhance the skills, attitude and knowledge of professional drivers to:

  • Anticipate potential road crash situations
  • Respond to emergency driving situations as they present
  • Develop effective vehicle control and observation skills
  • Demonstrate low risk techniques in driving a light rigid vehicle

This course can also be delivered as a ½ day Verification of Competency (‘VoC’). Call us or 'make a booking enquiry' for more information.

Download a course profile here.

Driver Safety is a significant risk to many companies and business units. Whilst some driver safety programs are subject to evaluation, there is little research based evidence on the efficacy of driver training programs. Many driver safety programs focus on physical skill development, with little emphasis on risk perception and observation, despite the fact that vision characteristics are central to a drivers capacity to observe hazards.

Shawsett Training and Safety are commencing a Research in Business initiative, in conjunction with an Associate Professor from a local University. This project aims to establish:

  1. The ability to train drivers to improve observation capacity; and
  2. Improve drivers’ perception of crash situation, thus reducing likelihood of road crash incident.

We are excited about the prospect that this world-first research, which will commence this month, will provide evidence to significantly impact on the way we conduct driver training.


10 unbelievable driving laws from around the world

DRIVING on the right side of the road or converting the speed limit from miles to kilometres per hour is challenging enough, but in some places, you have a whole host of weird traffic laws to contend with, too. Here are 10 laws that could really drive you mad!

How safe is your vehicle fleet?

The safety of your fleet depends on much more than effective purchasing and maintenance policies.  Whilst these are indeed important elements, other factors such as consideration of driving behaviours during staff recruitment, integrating road safety policies into broader health and safety policies, and promotion of a safe driving culture within the organisation are also keys to a successful corporate road safety plan.

Shawsett can assist by conducting a complete Fleet Risk Assessment which considers all of these elements in context, and makes specific recommendations to improve overall safety outcomes.  This service is surprisingly affordable, and can provide significant benefit to the organisation in establishing and maintaining a safe workplace for staff. Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you.