David Moore

Doctor of Philosophy, (Management Systems and Ergonomics)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Business


Thesis Title
A systems analysis of Quadbike loss of control events on New Zealand farms

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Mr Moore investigated the context, scale and cost of loss of control events (LCE) involving quadbikes on New Zealand farms. The single, greatest area of concern in farm safety, identified by the Department of Labour, is the 70,000 quadbikes in use in New Zealand; each year there are on average seven deaths and in excess of NZ$3.6 million paid out by ACC for quadbike-related injuries. Mr Moore used a systems approach for off-road investigations, involving a modified event sequence chart, which was drawn from the ergonomics, forensic psychology and aviation fields. Environmental context-dependent cues and scale models were used to assist recall. An interactive quadbike LCE model was also developed for analysis. The research identified the need for interventions relating to farm management, work organisation, regulation, vehicle design, and rider awareness. Research findings aim to help reduce injuries in the future

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