Research Papers

Organizational Work-Related Road Safety Situational Analysis: More Than Just an Audit Tool

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Category 2014 CMRSC XXIV Vancouver
Tags Research and Evaluation, Session 2C
Author/Auteur Bevan Rowland, Darren Wishart
Stream/Volet Research and Evaluation

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2C Rowland_Organizational Work-Related Road Safety Situational Analysis More than just an

Abstract

Although safety statistics indicate that road crashes are the most common form of work-related
fatalities, many organizations fail to treat company vehicles in the same manner as other
physical safety hazards within the workplace. Traditionally, work-related road safety has
targeted primarily driver-related issues and not adequately addressed organizational processes,
such as the organizations’ safety system and risk management processes and practice. This
inadequacy generally stems from a lack of specific contextual knowledge and basic
requirements to improve work-related road safety, including the supporting systems to ensure
any intervention strategy or initiative’s ongoing effectiveness. Therefore, informed by previous
research and based on a case study methodology, the Organizational Work-Related Road
Safety Situational Analysis was developed to assess organizations’ current work-related road
safety system, including policy, procedures, processes and practice. The situational analysis
tool is similar to a safety audit however is more comprehensive in detail, application and
provides sufficient evidence to enable organizations to mitigate and manage their work-related
road safety risks. In addition, data collected from this process assists organizations in making
informed decisions regarding intervention strategy design, development, implementation and
ongoing effectiveness. This paper reports on the effectiveness of the situational analysis tool to
assess WRRS systems across five differing and diverse organizations; including gas exploration
and mining, state government, local government, and not for profit/philanthropy. The outcomes
of this project identified considerable differences in the degree by which the organizations’
addressed work-related road safety across their vehicle fleet operations and provides guidelines
for improving organizations’ work-related road safety systems.

Bevan Rowland, Darren Wishart