Comparison of Fatalities from Work Related Motor Vehicle Traffic Incidents in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States

This paper compares the extent and characteristics of motor vehicle traffic incidents on public roads resulting in fatal occupational injuries in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Distributions and rates of fatal injuries resulting from motor vehicle traffic incidents were compared for the three countries using data systems based on vital records. Common inclusion criteria and occupation and industry classifications were used to maximize comparability. Results showed that motor vehicle traffic incident-related deaths accounted for 16% (New Zealand), 22% (U.S.) and 31% (Australia) of all work-related deaths during the years covered by the studies. Australia had the highest crude rate, with 1.69 deaths per 100,000 person years. Industry distribution differences accounted for only a small proportion of this variation in rates. Case selection issues may account for some of the remainder, especially in New Zealand. The characteristics of the incidents and involved workers were qualitatively similar in the three countries. In all three countries, male workers, older workers and truck drivers were at higher risk for work-related motor vehicle deaths. Better and more consistent data would allow a more in-depth comparison of such incidents.

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    • Driscoll, T
    • Marsh, S
    • McNoe, B
    • Langley, J
    • Stout, N
    • Feyer, A-M
    • Williamson, A
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


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  • Accession Number: 01006699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 2005 8:11AM