Short trips and long days: safety and health in short-haul trucking.

Williamson, Ann and Bohle, Philip and Quinlan, Michael and Kennedy, David (2009) Short trips and long days: safety and health in short-haul trucking. Industrial and labor relations review, 62 (3). pp. 415-429. ISSN 0019-7939

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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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Research Areas:A. > Business School
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Deposited On:15 Feb 2011 15:50
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