Take the oath on #WhiteRibbonDay
White Ribbon Scarves and Woggles?
These were part of Scouting supporting the White Ribbon campaign in 2015.
In his recommendations, Dr Bain said organisations and drivers “in general need to look at their driving protocols to see whether they are sufficient in terms of fatigue or drowsiness”.
“There is a need for extreme care and vigilance when there is a physical activity such as hiking reasonable distances for several days prior to a road trip, and proper procedures are in place to ensure the driver is properly monitored.”
Dr Bain recommended his findings and the specific recommendations from Major Tate relating to driver fatigue be forwarded to the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Education to review and or establish specific policies for identifying and preventing driver fatigue.
As well as this, Dr Bain made the recommendation that as a requirement for outdoor education excursions, an observer in the vehicle is awake and observant at all times and trained in the signs of driver fatigue.
— Ministries need policies to prevent driver fatigue, coroner finds 92016-Oct-05) [Rotorua Daily Post]
Royal Life Saving produces National Drowning Report 2016 [PDF]
This report examines drowning deaths in Australia between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.
❝ Many of those who drowned were not swimming when tragedy struck – 46 people were boating immediately prior to drowning, while 39 lost their lives after falling into water. ❞
❝ Men and boys were far more like to drown than women and girls, accounting for 83 per cent of drowning deaths over the 12-month period. ❞
❝ 25% decrease in drowning deaths in rivers. ❞
Expedition season! #V3ntur3d #BARCOM2016 #iScout
Outdoors risk intensive workshop
By: Outdoors Victoria
This workshop will include:
• A briefing and discussion by Maritime Safety Victoria on their report into the Anglesea kayaking incident earlier this year. Go to Maritime Safety Victoria to download your copy of the report.
• Your first opportunity to discuss the new Australian Adventure Activity Standards following release of a consultation draft later this month. To subscribe to Australian AAS updates or view the consultation draft prior to the day go here
• Practical guidance on injury prevention by the wonderful UPLOADS team, details below:
What is the Learning from Real Incidents workshop?
This workshop aims to provide practical guidance on injury prevention in the delivery of led outdoor activity programs. Specifically, we wish to focus on specific incident cases to discuss and identify practical ways in which similar kinds of incidents can be prevented in future. The intention is to engage practitioners in a discussion about injury causation and prevention, and to support practitioners in translating the UPLOADS research in practice.
The National Trial Report
The UPLOADS team recently released the national trial report which provides an analysis of 12 months of Australian led outdoor activity incident and near miss data. Whilst this provides a summary of over 1000 diverse incidents, a key part of incident learning involves also focusing on specific cases to support injury prevention activities.
Incidents are much more than a number
They represent either real harm or, in the case of near misses, the potential that harm may have occurred. Behind each incident are people and stories, and by aiming to better understand the multiple factors and influences that contributed in some way to these incidents occurring, we can, as practitioners and researchers working together, make a real contribution to preventing reoccurrences.
A move away from the ‘blame culture’
Rather than progressing down the well-travelled road of blame or criticism aimed at the single person or people at the incident site, we will instead use case studies and incident investigation methods that start by posing the question, “Why did it make sense for the person or people to do that”? As a group, we will delve “up and out” to more fully understand and identify the contributory factors that help create the conditions for these real incidents to occur.
The workshop will begin by focusing on the tragic death of Kyle Vassil, a year seven student who lost his life while on a school camp in 2010. Following this, another five case studies from the UPLOADS dataset will be discussed. These include incidents related to the following activities: running/walking, campcraft, snow sports, wheel-sports (mountain biking), and river activities.
• How to apply systems theory to accidents in the outdoors
• Improved understanding of how to identify contributory factors to incidents
• A move away from the ‘blame culture’ towards an ‘up and out’ approach
• Understanding the importance of reporting rich information, and how to extract this detail