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Short Trips and Long Days: Safety and Health in Short-Haul Trucking

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  • Ann Williamson
  • Philip Bohle
  • Michael Quinlan
  • David Kennedy
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    This paper looks at the role and influence of contingent employment among short-haul truckers, an occupational group that has been little studied to date. A 2003 survey of Australian short-haul drivers examined the predictors of health and safety outcomes for all drivers and provided comparative information on the working hours, occupational safety and health, and work-life conflict of permanent employees, temporary (casual) employees, and owner-drivers. The main predictor of both illness and injury for all drivers was work-life conflict. The results show that contingent work is characteristic of short-haul trucking in Australia, especially among owner-drivers and casual employees. Contingent-work drivers differ from other drivers on a range of organizational characteristics, but not on safety and health outcomes. Contingent employment can take different forms, each of which is associated with a somewhat different set of effects on workers.

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 415-439

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:62:y:2009:i:3:p:415-439

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    1. Keith Bender & Colin Green & John Heywood, 2012. "Piece rates and workplace injury: Does survey evidence support Adam Smith?," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 569-590, January.
    2. Cantor, David E. & Celebi, Heidi & Corsi, Thomas M. & Grimm, Curtis M., 2013. "Do owner–operators pose a safety risk on the nation’s highways?," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 59(C), pages 34-47.

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