Work-Related Traffic Crashes: A Record Linkage Study

This study used record probabilistic record linkage to merge police crash data and workers compensation datasets to be able to determine the circumstances of work-related crashes involving drivers in New South Wales (NSW), Australia for the period 1998 to 1992. The record linkage identified 13,124 drivers who were injured or died as a result of work-related traffic crash in this Australian state over the 5-year period. Nearly three quarters of driver casualties occurred during commuting with the rest occurring in the course of work. Male drivers comprised about three quarters of such crashes and 93% of those that ended in a fatality. The most frequent victims of work-related crashes were transport workers while on the job, with drivers of heavy trucks comprising nearly half of all fatalities resulting from on duty work-related crashes. Nearly 1 in 6 male drivers were speeding at the time of the crash compared to less than 1 in 10 female drivers of female drivers. Male drivers were also much more likely to be fatigued at the time of the crash compared to female drivers. Researchers observed no significant difference in the proportion of crashes involving fatigue between on duty and commuting traffic crashes. These findings demonstrate the vulnerability of males, transport workers, and heavy vehicle drivers to occupational crashes and it also illustrates the role played by fatigue and speeding in these crashes. The study demonstrates the value of record linkage techniques in addressing some of the limitations of work-related data systems and in providing a more complete picture of the circumstances of occupational road crashes.


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  • Accession Number: 01013420
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 10 2005 8:55PM