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Keywords:

  • survey;
  • truck driver;
  • health;
  • intervention;
  • risk factor;
  • surveillance;
  • work practices

Background

Drivers of heavy and tractor-trailer trucks accounted for 56% of all production and nonsupervisory employees in the truck transportation industry in 2011. There are limited data for illness and injury in long-haul truck drivers, which prompted a targeted national survey.

Methods

Interviewers collected data during 2010 from 1,670 long-haul truck drivers at 32 truck stops across the 48 contiguous United States that were used to compute prevalence estimates for self-reported health conditions and risk factors.

Results

Obesity (69% vs. 31%, P < 0.01) and current smoking (51% vs. 19%, P < 0.01) were twice as prevalent in long-haul truck drivers as in the 2010 U.S. adult working population. Sixty-one percent reported having two or more of the risk factors: hypertension, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, no physical activity, 6 or fewer hours of sleep per 24-hr period.

Conclusion

Survey findings suggest a need for targeted interventions and continued surveillance for long-haul truck drivers. Am. J. Ind. Med. 57:615–626, 2014. Published 2014. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.