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Reiman A., Väyrynen S. (2020) Occupational Health and Safety in the Trucking Industry – Current Trends and Future Challenges. In: Liyanage J., Amadi-Echendu J., Mathew J. (eds) Engineering Assets and Public Infrastructures in the Age of Digitalization. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Cham.

Occupational health and safety in the trucking industry : current trends and future challenges

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Author: Reiman, Arto1; Väyrynen, Seppo1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-07


Professional truck drivers face various kinds of challenges during their workday. A high prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and high accident rates are associated with the trucking industry. In addition, various differ- ent psychosocial stressors affect truck drivers’ work ability. Accidents, disorders, and stressors all affect working careers. There is both a constant need for a skilled new workforce, but also a need for prolonging working careers. Some characteristics can be identified on truck drivers’ work; the drivers mainly work alone and their work contains static work postures while sitting and physical activities while working outside the cab. While working, the driver often faces opportunities for unethical and unsafe actions to ease the workload. This poses challenges to the occupational health and safety (OHS) management. This article provides a scoping review of the risks and hazards that the professional truck drivers face while working. Both driving and non-driving work activities are covered. Special attention is paid to selected new modes of transportation and a discussion is held on the possible OHS challenges that they may bring along. High capacity transports (HCT) are discussed as an emerging mode of road transportation that enables larger loads to be freighted and intermodal transportations (IMT) are used increase the efficiency of the transportations by combining different transportation modes. However, very little attention is being paid in the current OHS literature on the possible adverse OHS effects concerning the driver.

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Series: Lecture notes in mechanical engineering
ISSN: 2195-4356
ISSN-L: 2195-4356
ISBN: 978-3-030-48021-9
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-48020-2
Pages: 431 - 438
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48021-9_48
Host publication: Engineering Assets and Public Infrastructures in the Age of Digitalization : Proceedings of the 13th World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM 2018)
Host publication editor: Liyanage, Jayantha P.
Amadi-Echendu, Joe
Mathew, Joseph
Conference: World Congress on Engineering Asset Management
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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