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Healthy & safe truck drivers, safer journeys: feasibility of a national survey

16 months
Approved budget:
Dr Rebbecca Lilley
Dr Bronwen McNoe
Associate Professor Gabrielle Davie
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Feasibility Study
Lay summary
In the aftermath of the catastrophic Pike River Mine explosion New Zealand's poor workplace health and safety record has been under scrutiny. Truck drivers are a neglected occupational group. International evidence identifies truck drivers are at higher risk of adverse health and injury events due to poor health, attributed to unsatisfactory working conditions. To date, there is little quantifiable national level knowledge about the nature and distribution of health and safety risks for truck drivers, or their likely impact on health and injury outcomes. To address the lack of health and safety data on NZ truck drivers on which to base future interventions we propose to undertake a national cross-sectional study. To inform the feasibility of the proposed full national study this study will consider whether it is feasible to undertake an untested intercept method to survey NZ truck drivers using an international survey tool.