Occupational Fatalities Among Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers in the United States, 2003–2008
Published Date:May 08 2014
Source:Am J Ind Med. 57(7):800-809.
Aged, 80 And Over
Motor Vehicle Safety
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4565185
Funding:FSK7/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
This study provides a national profile of occupational fatalities among truck drivers and driver-sales workers.
Data from the 2003–2008 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries were used. Cases were extracted specifically for occupational subcategories included in the Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers occupational category: Driver/Sales Workers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, and Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers.
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.
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.
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