NIOSH Study Reveals Safety Issues in Long-haul Trucking Industry 1

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New data from NIOSH highlights a number of important safety issues facing long-haul truck drivers (LHTDs) and their employers.

The study, published in the December 2015 issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, is the first to describe truck crashes, work-related injuries, work environments, and driver training, attitudes, and behaviors.

Approximately 1,701,500 people were employed as heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in the United States in 2012. The majority of them were long-haul truck drivers (LHTDs).

There is limited data on occupational injury and safety in LHTDs, which prompted a targeted national survey. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health conducted a nationally representative survey of 1265 LHTDs at 32 truck stops across the contiguous United States in 2010.

Data was collected on truck crashes, near misses, moving violations, work-related injuries, work environment, safety climate, driver training, job satisfaction, and driving behaviors.

Results suggested that an estimated 2.6% of LHTDs reported a truck crash in 2010, 35% reported at least one crash while working as an LHTD, 24% reported at least one near miss in the previous 7 days, 17% reported at least one moving violation ticket and 4.7% reported a non-crash injury involving days away from work in the previous 12 months.


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  • CST Financial

    These are the primary issues that every Trucking company has been facing. Every Trucking companies must have an eligible Truck drivers, as they are facing challenges when they’re on the road. Always be aware that every driver has to know every rules when driving. Because every driver must know their responsibilities when it comes to the lives of other people.

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