Predicting health outcomes and safety behaviour in taxi drivers

Machin, M. Anthony and De Souza, Jillian M. D. (2004) Predicting health outcomes and safety behaviour in taxi drivers. Transportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 7 (4-5). pp. 257-270. ISSN 1369-8478

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Abstract

Workplace hazards have been a major cause of concern in the taxi industry and management has been actively involved in trying to reduce the hazards faced by taxi drivers. However, it appears that there has not been sufficient emphasis placed on the physical health and emotional well-being of drivers. This research project integrates the various factors that influence the safety behaviour, physical health and emotional well-being of taxi drivers into a theoretical model that shows hazards, aversion to risk-taking, aggression, and drivers' perceptions of management's commitment to health and safety as directly influencing physical symptoms, emotional well-being, and unsafe behaviour of taxi drivers. Multiple regression analyses indicated that the amount of hazards taxi drivers encountered did contribute to the prediction of their physical health and emotional well-being but not to unsafe behaviour. Hazards, displaying aggression, and perceptions of management's commitment to health and safety were all significant predictors of the amount of drivers' emotional wellbeing, while aversion to risk-taking, aggression, and perceptions of management's commitment to health and safety were significant predictors of drivers' unsafe behaviour. It is recommended that the taxi industry takes an integrative approach to ensuring taxi driver health and safety that incorporates prevention of hazardous situations, developing and communicating a positive climate for safety among taxi drivers, screening of potential drivers, and health and safety training for drivers.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:27
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: safety behaviour, safety climate, health, well-being, taxi drivers
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/724

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