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Short Trips and Long Days: Safety and Health in Short-Haul Trucking

Posted: 15 Feb 2011  

Ann Williamson

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Philip Bohle

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Michael G. Quinlan

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Organisation and Management

David Kennedy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

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

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

Ann Williamson (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Philip Bohle

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Level 5, Australian School of Business
School of Organisation and Management
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Michael G. Quinlan

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Organisation and Management ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
61 2 93857149 (Phone)

David Kennedy

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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