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Minerals 2014, 4(1), 1-16; doi:10.3390/min4010001

Community Road Safety Initiatives for the Minerals Industry

Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Centre for Coal Seam Gas, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
Aurecon, 32 Turbot Street, Brisbane 4000, Australia
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Received: 22 October 2013 / Revised: 13 December 2013 / Accepted: 13 December 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
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Major companies in the minerals industry are increasingly recognizing that their operations have an impact in the wider community. Regarding transportation issues, this impact extends beyond purely the safety of company vehicle fleets to consideration of Community Road Safety (CRS) concerns, which address the driving, walking, and riding practices of community members in a locale with increased heavy vehicle traffic. Our assessment here of national and international trends in approaches to road safety awareness and associated road safety strategies is meant to inform companies in the minerals industry of developments that can influence the design of their road safety initiatives. The review begins by considering the overall road safety context and the dominant “safe systems” framework employed internationally. Thereafter, it considers what is typically included in CRS initiatives for the minerals industry. Three case studies are then presented to highlight approaches that feature exemplary collaboration, design, implementation, or impact. Thereafter, we analyze lessons learnt by key researchers and practitioners in the CRS field. Finally, we conclude that best CRS practices for the minerals industry rely on eleven factors, including for example collaboration with local entities and stepwise implementation.
Keywords: safe systems; mining; minerals industry; road safety; community safe systems; mining; minerals industry; road safety; community
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Horberry, T.; Harris, J.; Shi, M.; Kirsch, P.; Rifkin, W.; Harris, A. Community Road Safety Initiatives for the Minerals Industry. Minerals 2014, 4, 1-16.

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