Your latest National Incident Dataset Report

It’s that time again!

The UPLOADS Project team is excited to present the latest National Incident Dataset Annual Report. This report follows the same structure you know and love, and presents the injury, illness, and near miss data that was collected over the past year (June 2015-May 2016).

To aid in the distribution of the report’s findings, we present this report to you in four complimentary formats this year.

Read the full standard report HERE

Need the quick and simple version? Find a summary of the full report HERE

Don’t feel like reading? Watch a brief overview of the report HERE

Or to get it all at a glance, view an infographic poster HERE

This project was supported by funding from the Australia Research Council (LP150100287) in partnership with our wonderful industry partners.


We would like to acknowledge the sector’s critical role in producing the UPLOADS National Incident Dataset.

This dataset represents a huge contribution of time and effort from the organisations involved, both in terms of data collection and maintaining the quality of the reports. We would like to thank those organisations and our funding partners. We would also like to urge others to contribute data in future. A larger sample size would allow for more firm conclusions to be drawn regarding the management of risk within the sector and the selection of appropriate targets for prevention strategies.

If you have any questions about this report or would like to contribute to the UPLOADS National Incident Dataset please contact Dr Amanda Clacy by email at or by phone +617 5456 5904.

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ORIC (Outdoors NSW) Practitioner’s Conference 2016


The UPLOADS team recently attended the ORIC practitioner’s conference at Camp Wombaroo in the NSW highlands.


The conference kicked off with a pre-conference workshop hosted by the UPLOADS team. The aim of this workshop was to provide practical guidance on injury prevention in the delivery of led outdoor activity programs. Specifically, we engaged practitioners in a discussion about injury causation and prevention, and to support practitioners in translating the UPLOADS research in practice. This also involved a sneak peak of the new UPLOADS National Incident Dataset statistics. Thank you to everyone who engaged with us during this workshop! I think we all walked away from the workshop feeling inspired and motivated!

“It became apparent very quickly that this wasn’t going to be just another run-of-the-mill conference…”

Dr Mandi Baker‘s opening keynote raised some big questions about what makes a good leader? Can soft skills be taught? How important is “fun” the led outdoors? It became apparent very quickly that this wasn’t going to be just another run-of-the-mill conference as many of the delegates offered points of discussion from their real, experience-driven points of view.

In the session workshop presented by Dr Amanda Clacy, there was a similar response from the delegates. After opening the session with some of the new data from the National Incident Dataset, practitioners were quick to engage in an open conversation about the current constraints in the reporting culture in the led outdoors. The group also came to discuss the importance of reporting rich and consistent information to be able to better understand the factors leading to incidents and to develop appropriate prevention strategies to be able to reduce future risk.

With a strong sense of ‘By the People, For the People’, it was clear the ‘outdoor edder’ community was ready and willing to ask the difficult questions, learn the much needed lessons, and grow together as a sector.


On the final day of the conference we were very fortunate to be provided with a stand out keynote presentation from an exceptional ‘outdoor edder’, Clare Dallat. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house after the humorous, moving, and honest presentation in which Clare encouraged us all to look beyond some long-held assumptions and beliefs with the aim of better serving the people in our care by becoming the very best versions of ourselves. Through sharing her own story of evolving over almost 15 years, Clare imparted 10 valuable lessons to us all:

  1. It doesn’t always take a raging river or a wild weather event for an accident to occur.

  2. Risk management is not a science.

  3. Engaging in conversation has far surpassed any course or degree I’ve taken in terms of return on investment.

  4. There are many second victims. Be kind. Reach out.

  5. Be human. Be accountable. Be brave. Change.

  6. Change comes from within but a group of people will make it happen.

  7. No-one wakes up and says “Today is a great day to f*%k things up”.

  8. What we do is complex.

  9. Don’t run. Hold on. Use the energy to grow, to listen and to make it better.

  10. Don’t forget. Give it meaning.

Please contact Clare  if you would like to hear more about her presentation or the lessons she relayed.

There were so many relevant, practical, and informative workshops delivered by the experts in their field. This is what made this conference so outstanding. Over the 3 days we spent at Camp Wombaroo at this practitioner’s conference, I became more and inspired by the work our ‘outdoor edders’ do. This genuinely is a tribe of people who are determined and willing to really develop their community.

Thanks to Liz Horne, Mark Brackenreg, and ORIC (Outdoors NSW) for organising such an inspiring conference. I truly look forward to meeting with you all again in the future!


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Join us in High Range!

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From the 21st to the 23rd of October the UPLOADS team will be heading to NSW to the Outdoor Practitioners Conference, hosted by ORIC.

On Friday the 21st of October, the UPLOADS team will be hosting a workshop which will use case studies and learning-from-systems based incident investigation to give practical insights on incident prevention. Lessons learned from specific case studies will help practitioners to make a genuine contribution to preventing future incidents.


Field staff, program managers, and regulators will all gain something from this data driven workshop. It will be great to see as many of you there as possible!


Conference registration is also now open, and the Outdoor Partitioner’s Conference is calling for presenters. The intent of this conference is that it be the premier professional development and networking opportunity for any practitioner working in the outdoors. The vision is that sessions be valuable learning opportunities for front line practitioners delivering outdoor experiences.

Whether based on hard skills, facilitation and soft skill development, or shared learning regarding contemporary issues, we are looking for workshops and scenarios which are practical and relevant.

To complete an application to present


To register for the conference


We encourage everyone from the led outdoor activity and outdoor education sector to get involved in this valuable learning and sharing opportunity!

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UPLOADS impresses the northern hemisphere

The Northern Hemisphere summer is typically known as “conference season” and is the opportunity for academic research to be shared, discussed, challenged and ultimately, improved. This year, Paul Salmon and Clare Dallat headed north to present at both the 7th International Outdoor Education Research Conference, hosted by Cape Breton University, Canada; followed by the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference, in Orlando, Florida.

At the International Outdoor Education Research conference, Canada, the UPLOADS project was well received. Clare presented an overview of the design of her PhD risk assessment method, NO-HARMS (National Outdoor Hazard Assessment and Risk Management System), which uses several human factors methods to first understand the tasks involved in the design, planning, delivery and review of a led outdoor program and then secondly, to identify and assess the network of foreseeable risks involved.

Paul presented the results of the first 12 months UPLOADS study. The findings generated excellent discussion amongst international colleagues, including for example, why 16 year old females presented as the most frequently injured demographic and why activities such as walking/running outdoors and campcraft had the highest incidence rates.campcraft.jpg

Our fellow delegates impressed upon us that the project’s researchers, sponsors, and the Australian led outdoor activity sector had achieved something very unique together in the creation of the UPLOADS project. In fact, many doubted that such a partnership could be achieved in their home countries.

 The IOER conference was a great platform for us to share our research with our international colleagues. It concluded very favourably for Australia, and for the University of the Sunshine Coast in particular, with the announcement that the next conference will take place on our home campus in 2018. Well done to Glyn Thomas for achieving this excellent honour!

Whilst at the IOER conference, we connected with a true legend in the outdoors within North America, TA Loeffler. TA kindly offered us a quick lesson on how to pronounce the name of the eastern most Canadian province correctly, as Memorial University, Newfoundland (“understand Newfoundland”) was the next stop on our tour. Upon our arrival, Clare felt very much at home surrounded by the local accent which closely resembled a thick Irish brogue. While at Memorial University we presented the UPLOADS project and its findings to various research groups and provided an open seminar for the general university community. Once again the project was received with positive enthusiasm, generating many thought provoking discussions.

TA is a professor within the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University and kindly showed us around the university including one of their abseil sites; a beautiful coastal crag abutting the Atlantic Ocean. It was on this day that we spotted our first iceberg!


Iceberg spotting with TA Loefller.

An absolute highlight from our time in Newfoundland was the opportunity to discuss future collaborations with teams such as the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC).

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Excitingly, this also included a day trip to their purpose built offshore safety and emergency response training course, which was equipped with a large survival tank, state of the art helicopter underwater escape trainer, fire grounds, helicopter simulators and world class instructors.  We look forward to opportunities to share and collaborate further in the future.  




Heading Stateside with UPLOADS

On our way south, we took the opportunity to visit Clare’s old stomping ground, Frost Valley YMCA, while it was right in the throes of Summer Camp. Some 30,000 participants attend annually, and when the summer months are over, is also a year-round environmental education centre. Here, we met with staff and were able to see for ourselves how risk was managed at one of the largest outdoor and environmental centres in North America. Again, UPLOADS was of major interest.

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While in the states, we also took the opportunity to visit and collaborate with Preston Cline. Preston first came to Australia to conduct risk management audits and provide training based on his vast risk and educational knowledge. It was wonderful to catch up with Preston, a man who has made a huge contribution to stretching the status quo in led outdoor activity risk management.

After reaching our final destination at Disney World, Florida, we joined almost 2000 delegates at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics conference. The AHFE conference is a respected international forum for the dissemination and exchange of information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of human factors and ergonomics.

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Paul and Clare gave a half-day tutorial in accident analysis methods to delegates from all over the world, from backgrounds such as airline pilots and crash investigators, nuclear decommissioning and clean up experts, healthcare managers and WHS professors. UPLOADS, NO-HARMS and a paper written by PhD candidate, Tony Carden on better understanding the complexity associated with safety in the led outdoor activity sector, were also presented.


After four long weeks on the road and way too many Holiday Inn garden omelettes, we came away with great ideas, valued feedback and with many wonderful opportunities for further collaboration.

The trip provided valuable insights into both research and practice – a vital component for achieving success in any project. With renewed energy and a true belief in the value of a project that commenced several years ago from the ground up, we look forward to growing the UPLOADS project even more.

Written by Clare Dallat

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UPLOADS First Key Issue Report: CAMPCRAFT


We are pleased to present our first Key Issue Report: Campcraft. Campcraft-related injuries, near misses and illnesses emerged within the UPLOADS first 12-month dataset as frequently occurring incidents with potentially severe outcomes. The aims of this report are:

  1. to present the findings from an analysis of the campcraft-related incident data contributed to the UPLOADS National Incident Dataset in the period between the 1st of June 2014 and 31st May 2015;
  2. to provide a holistic and in-depth understanding of the campcraft-related incidents; and
  3. to promote discussion within the sector regarding potential prevention strategies and countermeasures.

Please click here to download the report

The UPLOADS project is a major collaboration between the Australian led outdoor activity sector, the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Federation University. The ultimate aim is to better understand and prevent incidents that occur during led outdoor activities.

We would like to acknowledge the sector’s critical role in producing the dataset described in this report. Without the continued involvement of the sector, it is not possible for UPLOADS to produce any meaningful analyses. We would like to thank our funding partners and also those who went above and beyond the call to contribute incident data to the UPLOADS Project. We greatly appreciate your support! We would also like to thank all those who provided feedback on the draft – your comments and suggestions were greatly appreciated. We have endeavored to address all of them.

If you have any questions about the campcraft report or would like to talk to the UPLOADS team, please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Clacy (, Paul Salmon (, or myself (


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On the road with UPLOADS


The UPLOADS Project team hit the road last week, facilitating a workshop for The Outdoor Education Group and attending the Outdoors Victoria H2R Conference.

The workshop was a great success! Professor Paul Salmon and Clare Dallat gave an engaging presentation on systems thinking, demonstrating the importance and significance of bridging the research-practice gap in led outdoor activities. This was the first time this workshop was presented, giving workshop participants the chance to apply the systems approach to more than just accidents. A big thanks to The Outdoor Education Group for hosting this workshop, and to everyone who participated! VicWorkshop1

If you would like to organise a workshop for your organisation, please contact Paul Salmon ( or Amanda Clacy (


Our next stop was the Outdoors Victoria H2R Catalyst Conference at Federation University in Ballarat. The UPLOADS Project team and our PhD students all gave presentations throughout this conference and were very grateful for the opportunity to connect with active members of the sector.

In case you missed it, follow the links below for a short summary of some of the UPLOADS presentations.

Outdoors Victoria did a great job hosting this catalyst event! Thank you for the chance to be involved!

Conference and workshop opportunities are a vital part of the UPLOADS Project. Not only does it give our research team a chance to break away from behind their computers and discuss the project and face-to-face with our key stakeholders, they also present invaluable opportunities for us to present updates on the project, provide a casual platform for Q&A, and also give us a chance to attend other presentations to remain engaged with the sector and trials and tribulations you all face in your work.

As always, if you would like to contact the UPLOADS team you can email us at with any questions, queries, or comments you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Until next time, stay safe!

p.s. click here to read our latest newsletter!

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All Burnt Out: Extinguishing Old Assumptions around Outdoor Cooking

Read on for an insightful practitioner’s first-hand perspective on ways to address some of the issues raised around campcraft incidents, as highlighted in the UPLOADS 12 month national incident dataset…

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Clare Dallat

Director of Risk Resolve,

The Outdoor Education Group

Partner Investigator – UPLOADS Project

Think back to when you were learning the skills to work professionally in the outdoors.  You would probably have spent a fair bit of time and effort on the learning and practicing of your technical skills development (your J stroke in canoeing, or your protection placement on a slab, for example). It is probable that much less time and focus would be spent on considering and practicing cooking and campfire safety.

As a young practitioner learning my trade in both the UK and the USA, I consider myself lucky (although I didn’t know it then) to have been instructed very early on about the importance of stove safety. Part of this learning included stories and first hand recollections of severe burns from pots tipping over and spilling contents onto the upper thighs, torsos and in some cases, feet of participants and staff. Standard operating procedures included diagrams of how to position your cooking ‘kitchen’ and tools (stoves, fuel etc). There were strict non-negotiables hammered into us by our managers and trainers – for example, no sitting cross-legged in front of a stove, and close-toed shoes must always be worn in the kitchen.

However, according to the data emerging from the 12 month trial of UPLOADS, this component of led outdoor activities is most definitely worthy of further consideration and analysis on a sector wide scale. Interestingly, the idea for this blog opinion piece originated prior to the release of the above-mentioned trial. It came about from discussions of a collective group of outdoor risk managers from multiple Australian organisations who study and review incidents in their workplace. Specifically, we were observing that burns injuries from cooking were occurring within all our organisations. To then not long after, see that national, de-identifiable and self-reported incident data from other schools and organisations mirrored our collective organisation’s experiences, only endorsed the desire to open a discussion and re-evaluate our collective assumptions and practices around cooking on led outdoor programs. This post is an attempt at that.



Over a period of 12 months (1st of June 2014 – 31st of May 2015), a total of 114 incidents were reported under the category of “campcraft”. Campcraft is the category which describes actions around cooking and campfires. Of these incidents, 69 were injury-causing. Of note, campcraft was the 2nd highest category of injury-causing incidents reflected in the overall data; reporting an injury –causing incidence rate of almost 6 incidents per 1000 participants. Interestingly, the average overall injury-causing incidence rate was 2.1 incidents per 1000 participants. This means that there was approximately 3.5 more injury-causing incidents reported for every thousand participants involved in campcraft activities, compared to all led outdoor activities overall. A problem obviously exists.

Of the injuries involving the activity of campcraft, 30% (n=21) were from burns. Of the injuries that occurred to the wrist, hand and lower extremities (n= 58), 33% (n=19) were from burns. All reported injuries to the hip, thigh, knee and lower leg were caused by burns.

The vast majority of injuries were minor where care and treatment requirements were localised and the impact of the injury resulted in short-term effects.

Contributing Factors

The most frequently identified factors contributing to campcraft related injuries, illnesses and near miss incidents within the UPLOADS data were reported as:

  • Equipment, Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (identified in 58% of incidents analysed);
  • Activity Participant Experience and Competence (identified in 33% of incidents analysed);
  • Activity Participant Judgement and Decision-making (identified in 31% of incidents analysed); and;
  • Food and Drink (identified in 28% of incidents analysed).

Although the most frequently reported contributing factors were located primarily at the ‘sharp end’ (e.g. the instructor and participant, and equipment levels) of the system, higher order (or organisational/management) factors were also reported (albeit minimally). These were factors related to:

  • Field Managers: Activity and Program Design (identified in 8.3% of incidents analysed) and;
  • Parents and Carers: Communication (identified in 5.6% of incidents analysed).

This data may demonstrate a lack of understanding or awareness of how managerial or organisational decisions, policy guidance (e.g. standard operating practices around cooking, active role for accompanying staff), and actions (e.g. staff training), may contribute to the prevention of injuries during campcraft activities.


The Other Kind of Data – From Experience and Observation

In my current role working with schools and organisations auditing and reviewing their risk management systems and practices, I benefit immensely from multiple accounts and first-hand descriptions of incidents and injuries. In this work, I see a lot of different campsites, cooking on stoves, as well as the management of campfires.

As a Risk Manager at The Outdoor Education Group for 12 years, I was also responsible for developing and reviewing policies in relation to such activities with the help and assistance of many others. Additionally, I investigated my fair share of incidents in this area.

Finally, expert witness experience has enabled a personal perspective to be gained from cooking incidents that have led to long and painful consequences, on both the injured participants and their families, and on the staff and organisations involved.


Case Studies

In order to highlight both the reality and the seriousness of burns (in immediate and long term consequences), a number of real case studies and incident synopses are provided below.

Case Study 1

A group of four silver Duke of Edinburgh students were accompanied by a freelance staff member, hired by the school for the first time. The staff member was told by the School that the students were very competent with camping and cooking and that they didn’t need ‘very strict’ supervision in these activities. The staff member’s job was to make sure they didn’t get lost on the bushwalk. The staff member permitted to the students to commence cooking on the first evening and maintained auditory communication with them whilst she set up her tent. Unfortunately soon after commencing cooking, one of the students suffered full thickness burns to a significant percentage of her body due to an exploding fuel bottle that was left sitting open next to the stove.  Over ten years later, the student continues to suffer significant physical and psychological harm as a result of her injuries.

There were no SOP’s or risk assessments for the activity of cooking. All students did not have experience cooking or using stoves; one for example had never seen a Trangia stove before. There was no pre-activity briefing or competency assessment regarding use of stoves.

Case Study 2

A group of students on Day 8 of a 10 day rafting trip were camped on the banks of the river. They were Year 11 students and had been participating in outdoor education programs for several years.  The groups were ‘self-catering’ for the program and as such, planned and cooked their own food in small groups. The kitchen was set up and a ‘cooking circle’ rope was used to delineate the cooking zone in all the separate cooking groups (only the two cooks could be inside this area). The two supervising staff were cooking their food nearby. One group was waiting on their water to boil and the two students were sitting opposite each other and cross-legged in front of the stove. One student leaned over to check the water and when lifting the lid accidently dropped it, causing the pot to become unbalanced and boiling water to land in the torso/upper thigh area of the student sitting on the opposite side. The student suffered serious burns to the affected area and was urgently evacuated. He made a recovery however still has physical scars as a result of his injuries.

 There were detailed SOP’s regarding stove use which stated that participants were not permitted to sit in front of stoves. The SOP’s called for a position that enabled one to move away quickly in the event it was required (e.g. a squatting position). Due to the trip being almost over, the age and competence of the students in cooking and no prior incidents, the supervisory team became more relaxed in the risk management controls around cooking.

Case Study 3

A group of students were on a bike trip and on lunch on Day 3, the group decided to have hot chocolate at a picnic area. The stove and pot full of boiling water were sitting on the picnic table and the students were seated around the table. It started to rain and two students got up suddenly from the table to get their raincoats, causing the pot to move and fall off the table, spilling the contents onto the groin of one of the students. He suffered full thickness burns and was evacuated via ambulance where he later underwent surgery.

 There were no SOP’s or risk assessments relating to cooking on picnic tables, however there was an organisational policy relating to the number of participants in the cooking circle. The staff considered that these policies were related to cooking main meals at campsites as that was what they had learned in their tertiary training. The management staff who write the policies had not previously considered the risk of using stoves on picnic tables.


In researching for this post and speaking with other practitioners and risk managers, I know personally of another six incidents where participants were burned – some seriously – with pots falling off stoves and contents spilling onto bodies. The injuries range from burns to feet (3) (closed toed shoes were not worn in these incidents), burns to the groin (1) and burns to the hands (2).


Emerging Themes

With the benefit of analysis and non-judgemental reflection, some common themes surrounding cooking safety emerge both from these incidents, and from observational experience. The following are a few key ones:

  1. Cooking is treated like an action, not an ‘activity’

Cooking is conducted every day and in many cases, after an initial ‘brief’, it is afforded a more relaxed approach to supervision. Yet, the data (both validated through UPLOADS and that personally experienced) paints a picture of cooking incidents being a real concern (the fact that the UPLOADS data shows that the incidents resulting in only minor injuries is most definitely not a reason to do nothing, as these real examples display the potential harm as a result).

  1. General lack of policy around seating position in front of stoves

There are general standard operating practices in many schools and organisations around having ‘cooking circles’ (to minimise human traffic and congestion in the kitchen) or ‘refuelling zones’ (a separate place to refuel a stove), yet little exists around seating position in front of a stove. As this is a foreseeable hazard with potential for real and serious harm, organisationally, it is absolutely vital to have a clear and known practice in relation to accepted position around stoves – in my own opinion, I advocate a squatting position with something soft to protect the knee so that it is both comfortable cooking but importantly, the cook is able to move away quickly in the event of spills. (I realise some practitioner’s consider this to be an uncomfortable position for participants to maintain however, in my own experience, I don’t believe this is a sufficient reason to allow sitting in front of stoves).

  1. Risk Assessments are not specific in relation to cooking hazards

If cooking is represented in risk assessments, it is typically allocated a one liner in relation to the source of hazard (stoves), the potential harmful outcome (burns), and the risk controls (supervise students). It would perhaps be more effective, given the incident statistics and the potential for serious injury associated with the activity of cooking, to discuss all the reasonably foreseeable ways that someone could be injured associated with cooking, followed by what can be done about it. It would again treat cooking as an activity and not solely an action.

  1. General lack of policy direction around stove position

A common area of policy perspective between professionals who received their training in Australia, compared with those who hail from overseas (primarily the USA and Canada) is the different of opinion around stoves being only placed on the ground. My own opinion, backed up only and unashamedly, with personal experience and knowledge of specific incidents, is to not permit dependent groups to cook and sit off the ground at picnic tables (for the exact reasons outlined in Case Study 3).

  1. Cooking, heat and food preparation is a foreign activity to many students

Many of us report that our students are not that adept at chopping vegetables or in knowing the difference between a zucchini and a cucumber. The activity of cooking can be quite foreign to students and is not something they do a lot of at home. It is questionable as to the level of hazard awareness they would have around the camp kitchen and the ability to recognise when a situation is hazardous. In some cases, motor skills (such as those needed to manoeuvre pot grippers etc.) can be severely lacking.

  1. Supervision is not generally a ‘team effort’ around cooking

Within technical activities and in other aspects of an outdoor education program, the supervisory team often has an agreed approach and facilitates the activity as a team. There is generally an agreed understanding of roles, boundaries and a combined approach. Within cooking, this can sometimes be missing. In fact, the time when cooking dinner occurs is sometimes used as a rest period for a staff member. It is their ‘time out’. It may also coincide with scheduled call-in times back to base. Supervision is a key component in activities that are unfamiliar and where there is the potential for harm to occur. Consequently, I would argue that cooking certainly fits this bill and is a time when supervision should be direct and ‘tight’. If the rest and scheduled call-ins need to wait till the heat is turned off, so be it.


What Now?

This post is specifically associated with using stoves however there are certainly similarities associated with campfire safety. It is intended to highlight an area that both the UPLOADS data and personal experience informs us, requires further reflection and consideration of our practices. As we know, accidents and incidents in complex systems are caused by multiple factors and there is no such thing as a root cause. It would be far too simplistic (and wrong) to blame the freelancer in Case Study 1 or the student in Case Study 2. The manager in Case Study 3 who wrote the SOP’s would likely not have been thinking about policies around stoves on picnic benches, and the risk of boiling water spilling from such heights.

All the incidents described above, as well as every single number reflected in the UPLOADS data, reflects an injury to someone. As such, they also represent the real opportunity for learning and reflection.

Preparing and cooking a meal together is perhaps one of the most powerful and memorable aspects of any program.  Our participants are invited to assume real ownership of their choices and actions, and the camp kitchen is a place where real social connections and learning can occur. For us, as professionals however, it is also a place where our collective risk management strategies must be directly focused on the areas where foreseeable harm could and, as experience and data both tell us, has occurred.

In short, safety around sources of heat must be an integral component in any outdoor risk management plan.                                                                                                                                                           


Clare Dallat is a Partner Investigator on the UPLOADS project. She feels strongly about the importance of applying both rigorous research and implementing these findings in a practical, achievable way to maximise the benefits for all participants in led outdoor activity programs. Practicing what she preaches, Clare is engaged in an APA-funded PhD program to develop a practical risk assessment tool that identifies and manages risks at all stages involved with the design, preparation and delivery of led outdoor activity programs. She also leads Risk Resolve, a risk management service assisting schools and organisations to further improve their risk and crisis management systems. Clare can be contacted at:
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