CQUniversity Bachelor of Accident Forensics students Alex Craig, Kyilie-Jean Foster and Jeanne Carroll collect evidence from the crash lab.
CQUniversity Bachelor of Accident Forensics students Alex Craig, Kyilie-Jean Foster and Jeanne Carroll collect evidence from the crash lab. Contributed

Hands-on lessons in accident investigation

CQUNIVERSITY Bachelor of Accident Forensics students are receiving hands-on training thanks to the university's new purpose-built crash lab at the Bundaberg campus.

Course discipline leader associate professor Geoff Dell said the lab was the only one of its kind in the world that offered students the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge to realistic road, rail, aviation and industrial accidents.

"Newly released figures show industrial accidents cost over $60 billion a year," he said

"The course aims to develop a cohort of people with a greater knowledge of accidents and the ability to come up with new strategies to prevent them.

"Students will also be able to undertake practical assessments at the facility which will include collecting and analysing evidence from simulated crash scenes."

Prof Dell said the lab had been supplied with crash-test vehicles used for safety ratings as well as old machinery and was looking to add a tractor, second-hand airliner and a railway locomotive to the collection.



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