Work-related fatal traffic crashes in New Zealand: 1985-1998

N Z Med J. 2005 Dec 16;118(1227):U1783.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / mortality*
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Causality
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / mortality*
  • Occupations / statistics & numerical data
  • Sex Distribution
  • Transportation / statistics & numerical data