The 10 years of Australian air travel up to 2014 caused fewer fatalities than an average six months on the roads in Australia. However, because roads are everywhere, we tend to forget the dangers it poses and slacken our work health and safety commitment as a result.

For those in the roadwork, traffic management and traffic control industries this can spell disaster and even death. With an eye to understanding the scale of the dangers involved and keeping traffic controllers safe at work, we have a closer look at road fatalities in Australia.

The road toll in Australia is trending upward.
The road toll in Australia is trending upward.

Death toll rises on Australian roads

Australia has a reasonably low road toll by international standards, but a worrying trend has emerged that may change that. From January 2015 through to December 2016, the road toll per month has risen from around 95 to almost 115, according to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Happily, we saw a slight dip again in January, but this increase is still worrying to say the least. 

The risk to traffic controllers

Keeping your staff safe and your operation running smoothly should be the absolute priority.

A rising road toll may indicate that your average traffic controller's everyday job is becoming slightly more dangerous. Either way, statistics around road traffic controller deaths are alarming. A Safe Work Australia report on accidents involving trucks shows that road traffic controllers were at the top of the list when it came to workers killed in road accidents. 

Traffic controller fatalities aren't a subject on which detailed statistics are available, but the above fact proves that there is a safety problem in the profession. 

Get up-to-date, professional training

Keeping your staff safe and your operation running smoothly should be the absolute priority whenever traffic control is required. Proper work health and safety training is the key to this, as with the right knowledge and correct safety procedures in place, the likelihood of accidents can be severely reduced.

To get you and your staff started on the road towards a safer workplace, enrol online for Alertforce's Traffic Control Training Course. We offer nationally registered courses, a 30-day money back guarantee and a track record that includes over 10,000 happy customers. 

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