Narrative and quantitative analyses of workers’ compensation-covered injuries in short-haul vs. long-haul trucking

Mark D. Chandler, Terry L. Bunn, Svetla Slavova

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Abstract

Trucking remains one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. Study aims were to (1) identify differences in worker injury types; (2) describer typical injury scenarios; and (3) recommend injury control measures, in short-haul vs. long-haul trucking. Narrative text analyses of Kentucky short-haul and long-haul trucking workers' compensation first reports of injury were performed. A higher percentage of lifting and cranking injuries were identified in short-haul trucking compared with long-haul trucking that had a higher percentage of securing/opening/closing/adjusting injuries that involved tarping, trailer door handling, and cab slippage. In contrast, a higher proportion of short-haul trucking injury scenarios involved roadway departures and rear-end collisions. Study findings can be used to inform intrastate vs. interstate trucking injury prevention control strategies such as an enhanced driver safety training and safe freight handling in short-haul trucking, and tarping, trailer safety, and cab safety in long-haul trucking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-130
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

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Keywords

  • Injury scenarios
  • long-haul
  • short-haul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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