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School crossings designed backwards

Maze or chicane fences are used in workplaces and on the road to slow pedestrians at a crossing. This example is at a school on a highway in Australia.  There are fences either side to concentrate the pedestrians at one … Continue reading

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Swimming pools – complex enclosures with hidden areas

Here is an example of the problem with the swimming pool standards.  The enclosure can meet the standard and include the entire backyard, multiple access, hidden places, outbuildings, cubby houses, tool sheds, etc.  The problem is known but the requirement … Continue reading

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Cycling “dooring” hazard. Design is the solution, not penalties.

“Dooring”?  What is it?  The problem is about doors opening in front of unsuspecting cyclists.  The cyclist might hit the door, the person getting out, or swerve and fall, or swerve and be struck by another vehicle. The behavioural approach … Continue reading

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Level crossing crash. Thinking more broadly about accident analysis.

An unfortunately superficial view of accident analysis is that the people present in any situation must deal with it as it is and whoever broke a rule must be the reason for the accident.  Everyone one else who influenced the … Continue reading

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Safer gambling. Solve the pokies problem with design.

Any problem can be solved with design.  Gambling needs to be made safer: “Australians spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines and three quarters of people who have a serious problem with gambling are pokie players.  As a … Continue reading

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Tyabb level crossing crash figures don’t add up

Facts and figures about the Tyabb level crossing crash have been reported in the Herald Sun and Seven/Yahoo News. http://frankston-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/train-driver-tired-before-tyabb-fatal-crash/ http://au.news.yahoo.com/local/vic/a/-/local/13631598/train-drivers-actions-questioned-at-inquest/ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/train-driver-not-looking-before-fatal-crash-expert-tells-coroners-court/story-fn7x8me2-1226349794370 The diagram below shows a google image used to illustrate some of the figures.  This image has a … Continue reading

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Bus and petrol tanker crash at St Germains

A school bus and a petrol tanker crashed at a rural cross intersection at St Germains in Victoria on 11 May 2012. There are some children with serious injuries. The Shepparton news report (link below) says that “Kyabram police Acting … Continue reading

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