Aim: To identify and describe all work-related traffic fatalities in New Zealand between 1985 and 1998 inclusive.
Methods: Potential cases were identified from databases held by three national agencies. The circumstances of the deaths in each fatal incident were reviewed directly from coronial files to determine work-relatedness.
Results: The rate of work-related fatal injury involving vehicles on a public road was 2.01 per 100,000 workers per year. The rate for worker deaths was 1.11 and that for commuting deaths was 0.89 per 100,000 workers per year.
Conclusions: There is a substantial number of work-related crash fatalities each year and these represent a sizeable portion of the total burden of work-related fatalities.