UPLOADS 2020/2021 Annual Report

This annual report provides an overview of the incidents reported to the National Incident Database (NID) for the 12-month period of September 14, 2020 to September 13, 2021. The report describes: the incident rates per incident type and activity; the severity of the reported incidents; an overview of the reported injuries and illnesses sustained; and the network of contributory factors reported as playing a role in incident causation. The report also represents a comparison between key variables from the current dataset and the previous UPLOADS annual reports.

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Incidents in the Outdoors: Contributory factors by gender

In this infographic, we examine incidents by gender type reported to the National Incident Dataset and highlight the most frequently reported contributory factors.  

In total, males have been involved in 3699 incidents, and females involved in 5005 incidents since 2018. The factors contributing to incidents are generally similar for males and females, however, the frequency of the contributory factors differ. For example, females have a higher number of incidents associated with mental/physical conditions compared to males, whereas males have a higher frequency of peer group interactions contributing to incidents. These findings support the need for further research and conversations on this important topic.

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Incidents in the Outdoors: Cold/Flu & Respiratory Illness 

In this infographic we explore the most frequently reported factors that contributed to the Cold/Flu or Respiratory illness incidents that occurred between September 2018 and July 2021.  From the 395 reported incidents, 325 people required first aid treatment and 80 were removed from the program.  

The participant’s mental/physical condition, such as pre-existing cold/flu symptoms, allergies or asthma, was the most frequently reported contributory factor.  There was a frequently reported relationship with compliance and decisions at the client level, suggesting that parents and schools are sending participants to program with cold/flu symptoms or are not providing information about pre-existing respiratory conditions.  Weather was also a commonly reported factor, with temperature, rain, pollens, or dust exacerbating cold/flu or respiratory conditions. 

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Incidents in the Outdoors: Psychosocial Incident Types

In this infographic we examine the psychosocial incidents types reported to the National Incident Dataset and report the actual and potential severity of these incidents and their contributory factors.

The contributory factors involved in minor severity incidents were similar to those involved in serious or severe incidents. This highlights the importance of reporting all incidents, regardless of their severity, to support the development of strategies that will help reduce the likelihood and severity of incidents.

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Final Reminder

Evaluating Incident Prevention Methods in Led Outdoor Activities – Research Project
Registrations Close April 19, 2021

You are invited to participate in our Research Project which aims to evaluate different methods for developing safety interventions in the Led Outdoor Activity Sector.

If you participate in the study, you will receive free training in state-of-the-art safety methods and a certificate acknowledging your contribution to safety research in the Led Outdoor Activity Sector.

Workshop dates:
April 28 to 30, 2021 – University of the Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay Campus, Queensland
May 12 to 14, 2021 – Burwood East, Victoria

To participate, you must be involved in safety management, program design, and/or the development of safety interventions within organisations that deliver Led Outdoor Activities.

To register, click here.

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UPLOADS 2019/2020 Annual Report

This annual report provides an overview of the incidents reported to the National Incident Database (NID) for the 12-month period of September 14, 2019 to September 13, 2020. The report describes: the incident rates per incident type and activity; the severity of the reported incidents; an overview of the report injuries and illnesses sustained; and the network of contributory factors reported as playing a role in incident causation. The report also presents a comparison between key variables from the current dataset and the previous UPLOADS annual report.

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Evaluating Incident Prevention Methods in Led Outdoor Activities

You are invited to participate in our Research Project which aims to evaluate different methods for developing safety interventions in the Led Outdoor Activity Sector.

If you participate in the study, you will receive free training in state-of-the-art safety methods and a certificate acknowledging your contribution to safety research in the Led Outdoor Activity Sector.

Workshop dates:
April 28 to 30, 2021 – University of the Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay Campus, Queensland
May 12 to 14, 2021 – Burwood East, Victoria

To participate, you must be involved in safety management, program design, and/or the development of safety interventions within organisations that deliver Led Outdoor Activities.

To register, click here.

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Incidents in the Outdoors: Campcraft Activities

Since September 14, 2018, 473 injury or illness incidents relating to Campcraft Activities have been reported.  Although, 89% of these incidents were minor in severity, 7% of the incidents were reported with a potential severity rating of serious, severe or critical.  

In addition to an overview of a subset of data we typically provide in our Infographics, such as, the types of incidents and frequently reported contributory factors, this infographic presents a PreventiMap for Campcraft related incidents.  The PreventiMap shows a network of interventions that could be explored to prevent and management campcraft related incidents.

This infographic illustrates that:

  1. Safety is impacted by the decisions and actions of everyone in the system, not just those on the frontline.
  2. Near misses and adverse events are caused by multiple, interacting, contributing factors, not just a single bad decision or action.
  3. Effective countermeasures require systemic changes.

Click here to download the infographic.

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Incidents in the Outdoors: Weather Related Incidents

In this Infographic we show how the weather has been reported as a contributory factor in LOA incidents. 

In over two years of data reported to the National Incident Dataset, 724 incidents identified weather as a contributory factor. 

The Infographic reveals the activities frequently affected by weather, and describes how weather interacts with other factors to contribute to incident causation. 

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Incidents in the Outdoors: Harness (Outdoors)

In this infographic we show the near miss and injury incidents associated with outdoor harness activities. Despite the high level of perceived risk with harness activities, our current analysis demonstrates the relative safety of harness activities in Australia. 

In nearly 2 years of data, 162 injuries and 61 near miss incidents have been reported. Although the reported injury incidents were mostly minor, our analysis shows the near miss incidents have potential to be serious, severe, and even fatal. 

Here we demonstrate the relationships between contributory factors for near miss and injury incidents from across the led outdoor activity system.  

Click here to download the infographic.

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