At work or play: a comparison of private property vehicle crashes with those occuring on public roads in north Queensland

Blackman, Ross, Cheffins, Tracy, Veitch, Craig, and O'Connor, Teresa (2009) At work or play: a comparison of private property vehicle crashes with those occuring on public roads in north Queensland. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 17 (4). pp. 189-194.

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Abstract

Objective: To define characteristics of vehicle crashes occurring on rural private property in north Queensland with an exploration of associated risk factors.

Design: Descriptive analysis of private property crash data collected by the Rural and Remote Road Safety Study.

Setting: Rural and remote north Queensland.

Participants: A total of 305 vehicle controllers aged 16 years or over hospitalised at Atherton, Cairns, Mount Isa or Townsville for at least 24 hours as a result of a vehicle crash.

Main outcome measure: A structured questionnaire completed by participants covering crash details, lifestyle and demographic characteristics, driving history, medical history, alcohol and drug use and attitudes to road use.

Results: Overall, 27.9% of interviewees crashed on private property, with the highest proportion of private road crashes occurring in the North West Statistical Division (45%). Risk factors shown to be associated with private property crashes included male sex, riding off-road motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle, first-time driving at that site, lack of licence for vehicle type, recreational use and not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.

Conclusions: Considerable trauma results from vehicle crashes on rural private property. These crashes are not included in most crash data sets, which are limited to public road crashes. Legislation and regulations applicable to private property vehicle use are largely focused on workplace health and safety, yet work-related crashes represent a minority of private property crashes in north Queensland.

Item ID: 5238
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: all-terrain vechicle; farming; motorcycle; private property; recreation; risk
ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 00:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 100%
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