Australian Motor Sport Ltd response to Coroner's findings

Cams Response to Coroner's Findings The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd (CAMS) is studying the Coroner's findings issued in Melbourne today. CAMS is confident that the Coroner's recommendations will be implemented and that the...

Cams Response to Coroner's Findings

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd (CAMS) is studying the Coroner's findings issued in Melbourne today.

CAMS is confident that the Coroner's recommendations will be implemented and that the 2002 Australian Grand Prix will proceed safely, as scheduled, between February 28 and March 3.

In support of the major organisations involved in the running of the event, the Coroner acknowledged the FIA, CAMS, the AGPC and its engineering contractor had undertaken and continues to do, a considerable amount of work on safety.

The Coroner said " whilst some of the comments in this inquest have been critical of the management of this particular risk by agencies such as AGPC, and CAMS, it also needs to be said, in a very positive light, that these agencies have taken many pro-active and innovative steps in relation to safety in the past and appear to be engaged in a process aimed at continual safety improvements."

The Coroner also noted that the FIA appears to have taken a significant number of steps on safety in the area of international Grand Prix motor racing.

The Coroner has commented on aspects of the medical management of the incident in which marshal Graham Beveridge was tragically killed.

Mr Beveridge's injuries were not survivable and there was no criticism of the medical attempts to save his life.

However, the Coroner was critical of the way in which the death was certified and recorded. CAMS acknowledges that the medical practitioners involved acted in good faith, and followed the protocols established at a time when it was not envisaged that such significant surgical interventions would be carried out at a trackside medical centre. This is no longer the case and a new procedure has been established which addresses the concerns of the Coroner.

In concluding the Coroner commented that CAMS and the AGPC "must be commended for their actions in raising the height of the temporary debris fencing for a significant length of the Albert Park track". CAMS and AGPC have determined the locations in which barriers of the enhanced specification will be strategically positioned.

CAMS President, Colin Osborne, acknowledged that the Board of CAMS continues to have a high level of confidence in its administration, track safety advisors and volunteer track-side officials without whom the event would not be possible.

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Series AUTOMOTIVE , CAMS , F1