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Risk factors, health behaviors, and injury among adults employed in the transportation, warehousing, and utilities super sector
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 5, pages 556–568, May 2013
How to Cite
Helmkamp, J. C., Lincoln, J. E., Sestito, J., Wood, E., Birdsey, J. and Kiefer, M. (2013), Risk factors, health behaviors, and injury among adults employed in the transportation, warehousing, and utilities super sector. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 556–568. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22148
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 NOV 2012
- transportation, warehousing, utilities;
- risk factors;
- health behaviors;
- disability measures, injury
The TWU super sector is engaged in the movement of passengers and cargo, warehousing of goods, and the delivery of services. The purpose of this study is to describe employee self-reported personal risk factors, health behaviors and habits, disease and chronic conditions, and employer-reported nonfatal injury experiences of workers in the TWU super sector.
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data for 1997–2007, grouped into six morbidity and disability categories and three age groups, were reviewed. Demographic characteristics and prevalence estimates are reported for workers in the TWU super sector and the entire U.S. workforce, and compared with national adult population data from the NHIS. Bureau of Labor Statistics employer-reported TWU injury data from 2003 to 2007 was also reviewed.
An average of 8.3 million workers were employed annually in the TWU super sector. TWU workers 65 or older reported the highest prevalence of hypertension (49%) across all industry sectors, but the 20% prevalence is notable among middle age workers (25–64). TWU workers had the highest prevalence of obesity (28%), compared to workers in all other industry sectors. Female TWU workers experienced the highest number of lost workdays (6.5) in the past year across all TWU demographic groups.
Self-reported high proportions of chronic conditions including hypertension and heart disease combined with elevated levels of being overweight and obese, and lack of physical activity—particularly among TWUs oldest workers—can meaningfully inform wellness strategies and interventions focused on this demographic group. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:556–568, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.