Posted: 15 Feb 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2009
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.
Keywords: contingent employment, trucking, Australia, work-life conflict
JEL Classification: J40, J60
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Williamson, Ann and Bohle, Philip and Quinlan, Michael G. and Kennedy, David, Short Trips and Long Days: Safety and Health in Short-Haul Trucking (April 1, 2009). Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 62, No. 3, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1761339