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Mortality among members of a truck driver trade association.

Authors
Birdsey-J; Alterman-T; Li-J; Petersen-MR; Sestito-J
Source
AAOHN J 2010 Nov; 58(11):473-480
NIOSHTIC No.
20037949
Abstract
Previous studies report that truck drivers are at increased risk for illness and on-the-job mortality. It is unknown whether owner-operator truck drivers face the same risks as employee drivers, yet few studies have targeted owner-operators as a study population. This study examined the overall and cause-specific mortality ratios for a cohort with owner-operator truck drivers constituting 69% of the study population. Of the 26 major disease classifications and 92 specific causes of death examined, only mortality due to transportation accidents was significantly elevated (standardized mortality ratio=1.52, 95% confidence interval=1.36-1.70). Leading causes of death were ischemic heart disease and lung cancer, although risk was below that of the general population. Transportation accidents pose a particular hazard for members of the trade association. The absence of excess disease mortality deserves careful interpretation, and may be due to both a strong healthy worker effect and a short monitoring period.
Keywords
Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Truck-drivers; Trucking; Transportation-workers; Transportation-industry; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Surveillance-programs
Contact
Jan Birdsey, MPH, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, R18, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20101101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
JBirdsey@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
0891-0162
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
OH
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