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


Williamson, A and Bohle, P and Quinlan, M and Kennedy, D, 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 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.117/2F001979390906200309


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Workplace safety
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:138724
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-04-24
Last Modified:2020-04-24

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