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Occupational fatalities among driver/sales workers and truck drivers in the United States, 2003-2008.
Chen-GX; Amandus-HE; Wu-N
Am J Ind Med 2014 Jul; 57(7):800-809
Background: This study provides a national profile of occupational fatalities among truck drivers and driver-sales workers. Methods Data from the 2003-2008 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries were used. Cases were extracted specifically for occupational subcategories included in the Driver/ SalesWorkers and Truck Drivers occupational category: Driver/SalesWorkers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, and Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers. Results: In 2003-2008, the group Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers had 5,568 occupational fatalities, representing 17% of all occupational fatalities in the United States. The majority of these fatalities were in the subgroup Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (85%) and due to transportation incidents (80%). Older and male drivers had higher fatality rates than their counterparts. Conclusions: Findings suggest a need for targeted interventions to reduce highway fatalities among heavy truck drivers. Better employment data are needed to separate the three occupational subcategories by worker characteristic and employment history for use in research and prevention efforts.
Truck-drivers; Workers; Work-environment; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Statistical-analysis; Humans; Men; Age-groups; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Surveillance; Drivers; Transportation; Mortality-data; Mortality-surveys; Trucking; Motor-vehicles; Age-factors; Safety-education; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Author Keywords: CFOI; occupational fatalities; highway injuries; truck drivers; delivery/sales workers; motor vehicle safety
Guang X.Chen, MD, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, MS/1811 Morgantown, WV 26505
Issue of Publication
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division