Heavy vehicle operators are valued contributors to Western Australia (WA) and are heavily relied on for our essential goods and services.  

Given the distances travelled on our expansive road network in WA, coupled with an older workforce, addressing the physical safety and mental health among heavy vehicle operators is vital to help keep this industry safe on our roads.

Mental health risk factors for heavy vehicle operators

  • Being away from home
  • Fatigue
  • Unrealistic schedules
  • Lack of roadside facilities
  • Isolation
  • Family problems
  • Too much time to think
  • Stress
  • Working long hours
  • Fear of being involved in a serious crash
  • Other road users
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of team communication
  • Financial burden
  • Inflexible regulations

Physical health risk factors for heavy vehicle operators

  • Poor diet
  • Fatigue
  • Physical inactivity
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Micromanagement
  • Lack of roadside facilities
  • Repetitive movements
  • Isolation
  • Stress
  • Heavy lifting
  • Road conditions
  • Smoking
  • Heat
  • Other road users
  • Older age

With a vast road network in WA, heavy vehicle operators are often the first to come across the scene of a road crash.

Being first on scene, providing assistance, witnessing, being involved in or causing a crash, can have a traumatic and long-lasting impact on those directly and indirectly involved, including family, friends and work colleagues.

Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads is an awareness raising project that aims to improve the mental and physical safety of heavy vehicle operators in Western Australia as a means of improving heavy vehicle safety.

The MaPS on Our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

If you or someone you know has been affected by road trauma, contact our team on 1300 004 814 for assistance. Injury Matters provides free support through the Road Trauma Support WA service for anyone residing or currently located in Western Australia.

If you are needing immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14

 To find out more, contact us on 1300 004 814 (free call)  or email [email protected]