Toll Group General Manager Road Transport Safety and Compliance, Dr Sarah Jones, is the winner of the ‘Best Paper with Implications for Improving Workplace Road Safety’ award at the Australasian Road Safety Conference 2018 (ARSC2018).
Dr Jones’ winning paper was titled On-road and driver fatalities at Toll Group: what data reveals about risk and opportunity in our pursuit of zero.
ARSC2018 was held 3-5 October in Sydney with the theme ‘Towards Zero: Making it Happen!’ with over 700 attendees.
The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) has been the sponsor of the award for ‘Best Paper with Implications for Improving Workplace Road Safety’ since its introduction in 2016. The winner receives a $1000 cash prize, a certificate and the opportunity for the winner to develop their paper into an NRSPP Thought Leadership Piece and Webinar.
The theme of this year’s ARSC particularly resonated with Dr Jones and her team as Toll Group’s goal is to be incident and injury free.
In 2017, Toll undertook an analysis of all ‘on-road and driver fatalities’ that occurred in its operations between 1 July 2007 and 31 December 2016. The research suggests that targeted speed and fatigue policy interventions have a tangible impact on fatalities. The research also identified areas that need greater attention to drive down the incidence of fatalities including: Greater light vehicle driver education on how to share the road safely with trucks; education, training and risk management for subcontractors in the supply chain; cross-sectoral initiatives to address suicide by truck; and a driver fitness for duty standard similar to the standards used in rail, maritime and aviation.