Queensland truck drivers to be trained in crash scene management, first aid

Queensland truck drivers will be trained in crash scene management and first aid, as part of a trial to better prepare them for confronting crashes.

Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon said truck drivers often arrived at the scene of a traffic crash before emergency services in regional parts of the state.

“It’s important for them to know what they could do, certainly what they shouldn’t do, and how they can provide assistance in a number of different ways until the authorities arrive,” Mr Mahon said.

Mr Mahon said the training would involve how truck drivers could help to make a scene as safe as possible with their vehicle, what to do when powerlines or poles were involved, and how they could best assist police and paramedics.

He said the training came to light after surveys from other parts of the country highlighted how often truck drivers were first at the scene of traffic crashes.

“It certainly suggested to us that truck drivers could do with better training, better preparedness, in circumstances when they’re out on regional and rural roads and they’re first on the scene to a vehicle crash.”

High level of interest
Around 150 truck drivers will take part in the program, which is a collaboration between the Queensland Trucking Association, Motor Accident Insurance Commission, and Griffith University.

Queensland Police, Queensland Ambulance Service, and Energy Queensland will also be involved.

“We’ve had very high levels of interest, we’re almost fully subscribed,” Mr Mahon said.

Mr Mahon said training locations were still being locked in, but there had been high interest from drivers in Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Roma, Emerald, and Weipa.

Senior lecturer at the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, Darren Wishart, said the impact of the training would be evaluated by speaking with truck drivers and emergency services involved in crashes.

“So that we can find out more information and potentially do follow-ups with how that first aid and crash scene management training impacted upon the health and wellbeing of people involved,” Dr Wishart said.

Importance of drivers
The training is set to be conducted over the next eight months.

Mr Mahon said he hoped to see the training become a mainstream option for drivers.

“We’re very optimistic that this will be the type of training that could be made available for truck drivers as they drive around the highways of Australia,” he said.

“The program gives a greater acknowledgement of how important the role of truck drivers can be at times. They’re the ones out on the highway on a consistent basis.”