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Validation of the abrasion resistance test protocols and performance criteria of EN13595: the probability of soft tissue injury to motorcycle riders by abrasion resistance of their clothing

Meredith, Lauren, Hurren, Christopher, Clarke, Elizabeth, Fitzharris, Michael, Baldock, Matthew, de Rome, Liz, Olivier, Jake and Brown, Julie 2017, Validation of the abrasion resistance test protocols and performance criteria of EN13595: the probability of soft tissue injury to motorcycle riders by abrasion resistance of their clothing, Journal of safety research, vol. 61, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2017.02.001.

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Title Validation of the abrasion resistance test protocols and performance criteria of EN13595: the probability of soft tissue injury to motorcycle riders by abrasion resistance of their clothing
Author(s) Meredith, Lauren
Hurren, ChristopherORCID iD for Hurren, Christopher orcid.org/0000-0002-3274-4675
Clarke, Elizabeth
Fitzharris, Michael
Baldock, Matthew
de Rome, LizORCID iD for de Rome, Liz orcid.org/0000-0002-7955-6022
Olivier, Jake
Brown, Julie
Journal name Journal of safety research
Volume number 61
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-06
ISSN 0022-4375
Keyword(s) motorcycle
abrasion
protective clothing
Summary Introduction Motorcyclists represent an increasing proportion of road users globally and are increasingly represented in crash statistics. Soft tissue injuries are the most common type of injuries to crashed motorcyclists. These injuries can be prevented through the use of protective clothing designed for motorcycle use. However, the quality of such clothing is not controlled in many countries around the world. A European Standard was developed to assess the performance of clothing but as this is not mandatory, clothing certified to this Standard is difficult to obtain. Given the importance of this Standard, and that it has been validated only once, further validation work is required. Methods In-depth crash investigation data were used to investigate the relationship between the abrasion resistance performance of clothing and real-world injury outcome. Clothing was collected from riders who crashed on public roads in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia. This clothing was tested according to the EU Standard and the time to hole was recorded. Hospital medical records were reviewed and the association between a rider suffering a soft tissue injury and the time-to-hole for the garment was examined. Results The probability of soft tissue injury for Level 1 Standard garments was between 40–60%, but more than 60% of garments tested failed to meet the minimum requirement. Conclusions: The findings of this study provide qualified support for the Standard, with a marginal association between time-to-hole and injury being found. Conclusions The findings of this study provide qualified support for the Standard, with a marginal association between time-to-hole and injury being found. Practical Implications This work supports the need for improved safety performance and an increased number of high performing garments being available to motorcyclists.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsr.2017.02.001
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
150703 Road Transportation and Freight Services
091012 Textile Technology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 880109 Road Safety
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, National Safety Council & Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30092143

Document type: Journal Article
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