VEHICLE SAFETY RELATED
In 1972 Rob Newton left school to take up a position as an Apprentice Electronics Engineer at Rank Bush Murphy in Skegness, Lincolnshire. He had completed 2½years of the HND level 5 apprenticeship when the company relocated to the south coast.
Rob joined The Royal Navy in 1975 and continued his Engineering training, changing quality HiFi for weapon systems. He was awarded the Boatswain’s call for best in class during training and awarded Specially Selected Able Seaman status for accelerated advancement.
Rob joined the Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) in 1988 as an Accident Investigator working on the Co-operative Crash Injury Study (CCIS) covering all aspects of the research including; vehicle and scene investigation, severity assessment and occupant interaction and injury correlation.
He was principal worker during the creation of the Ford Light Truck project, a study evaluating all small commercial vehicle safety and crashworthiness. Rob created and developed the adaptive data collection forms and data collection methodology, designed and built the database and was co-author of the final project report.
Rob, as Crash Investigation Manager at the TSRC, was responsible for the day to day running of the data collection team and the overall progress of CCIS and additional data collection studies and other activities undertaken by the TSRC.
He created the Intrusion Deformation Classification (IDC) system which was to be implemented in CCIS phase 9. IDC is a method of coding intrusion and is directly comparable with Crush Deformation Classification (CDC) used for coding impact damage.
Rob represented the TSRC at all CCIS steering group meetings since 1993 and by effective dialogue with colleagues and peers has made a significant contribution to keeping the study at the forefront of technological advancement and maintaining the studies world renowned data quality.
The change to an electronic system for the data collection was Rob's passion and he foresaw the benefits of working on computer in the field and there are significant improvements in both case quality and production. He wrote the specification for the first Data Input Program (DIP) during Phase 6 of CCIS and managed its implementation within the TSRC and then to other groups within CCIS.
Rob has been responsible for the recruitment and training of new staff in the team as well as training accident investigation personnel in the UK and Europe involved in crash research as well as police Crash Investigation Units. His in-depth knowledge, experience and ability to deliver sound practical training has benefited many groups.
He is a ROSPA and IOSH qualified Health & Safety officer, experienced in delivering H&S strategy and policy as well as implementation and enforcement of best practice. He was the Department Safety Officer (DSO) liaising with Loughborough University’s Health Safety & Environmental Department to ensure compliance with Health & Safety Executive (HSE) regulations and Loughborough University policy. This consisted of; Display Screen Equipment assessments for everyone including students, risk assessments for the many diverse projects within the institute including dangerous activities as crash investigation, 3D laser scanning and working with subjects from the general public, general building compliance with HSE regulations for safety at work and fire protection.
As DSO I was responsible for the creation and presentation of Health & Safety induction training for new staff and students as well as regulation and policy update training for all staff. I have also acted as an Expert Witness on H&S matters both on behalf of the HSE laboratory in Buxton and for authorised agencies for the HSE in investigating serious and fatal injury incidents.
Rob was also heavily involved in the design and construction of the first TSRC web site as well as being part of small working group for the CCIS web site.
The Data Protection Agreement, ratified by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and used between research groups and the police, was negotiated and written jointly between Rob and Anne Chafer of Leicestershire Constabulary. This agreement enabled to use of police data for all crash research activities.
To advance the public relations of the TSRC and raise awareness of the research within the institute Rob has been invited to speak at professional body meetings and conferences including the police Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) forum, Motor Schools Association (MSA) national conference and an Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (AVRO) regional meeting.
Rob now acts as a consultant and expert witness where he specialised in severity assessment, forensic biomechanics and advanced level, damage-based, accident reconstructions. He has completed a course of awareness of the requirements of part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Direction 35 of the Protocol for the Instruction of Experts and has been involved in many cases from in-depth investigations to desk-top reports.
He is now a freelance Vehicle Safety Consultant and Trainer delivering expertise to the police and legal profession.
Born in Hinckley Leicestershire August 1957.
The Hinckley Grammar School
Rank Bush Murphy
The Royal Navy
Rob currently lives in Loughborough Leicestershire and is married with three sons.