Work-related injury and illness among older truck drivers in Australia: a population based, retrospective cohort study
Keywords: Workplace and Work Related Road Safety, Older Drivers & Road Users, Fleet Safety
Submission Date: 2019
This study explores the landscape of work-related injury and disease in the Australian transportation industry. This population based, retrospective cohort study was based on claim data collected from the National Dataset for Compensation-based Statistics (NDS) in Australia. Three key findings were identified: the relative risk of workers’ compensation claims increased with age; older truck drivers were not found to have significantly higher rates of musculoskeletal (MSK) or fracture injuries, and; older truck drivers had a significantly larger proportion of neurological injury compared to younger age groups. The findings of this research support the need for context sensitive, multi-domain,
interventions targeted at older drivers.