University of Oulu

Arto Reiman, Mikael Forsman, Ingela Målqvist, Marianne Parmsund, Annika Lindahl Norberg, (2018) "Risk factors contributing to truck drivers’ non-driving occupational accidents", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 48 Issue: 2, pp.183-199,

Risk factors contributing to truck drivers’ non-driving occupational accidents

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Author: Reiman, Arto1; Forsman, Mikael2; Målqvist, Ingela2;
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Stockholms läns landsting, Stockholm, Sweden
3Stockholms läns landsting, Stockholm, Sweden
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-06-06


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify various individual factors and combinations thereof that can contribute to truck drivers’ occupational accidents, particularly connected to work performed outside the cab in various work environments.

Design/methodology/approach: In total, 74 accidents were analysed through in-depth interviews with truck drivers. These interviews were conducted employing the critical incident technique, and analysed utilising a qualitative content analysis approach.

Findings: The contributing factors identified were categorised into 14 categories. In all, 13 of these were grouped into four sections reflecting the drivers’ work outside the cab: “Goods and equipment”, “Loading/unloading area”, “Loading/unloading tasks”, and “Organisation”. A single risk factor was associated with 40 accidents while the other 34 involved combinations of factors.

Research limitations/implications: Although the tasks performed by truck drivers in different countries are probably similar, one limitation might be that all the accidents characterised occurred in one country: Sweden.

Practical implications: The findings reveal that complex combinations of risk factors often contribute to accidents. In addition to the transportation company itself, other stakeholders, such as clients, and designers and manufacturers of technology, may influence the occupational safety of truck drivers. Different stakeholders who could contribute to managerial decision making that is designed to prevent accidents are identified and discussed.

Originality/value: This investigation contributes to an in-depth understanding of the causes of accidents in the transportation industry. The findings are discussed from the perspective of the stakeholders and safety management in an attempt to identify key stakeholders who can improve accident prevention.

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Series: International journal of physical distribution & logistics management
ISSN: 0960-0035
ISSN-E: 1758-664X
ISSN-L: 0960-0035
Volume: 48
Issue: 2
Pages: 183 - 199
DOI: 10.1108/IJPDLM-06-2017-0216
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study was supported financially by AFA Insurance (Grant Number 140,229).
Copyright information: © Emerald Publishing Limited 2018. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.