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Study: 50% of truckers face driving-related health issues

Over 50% of truck drivers face driving-related health issues but 63% do not put health in the top-three priorities in their life, revealed a month-long study that surveyed over 1,000 truck drivers.

The study to understand the health issues faced by truck drivers in India was carried out by research organisation Kantar IMRB in association with Castrol India Ltd.

Mental well-being

The study stated that the nature of work done by the truck drivers had an impact on their physical and mental well-being. They have a high rate of occupation-related injury and one of the highest rates of on-job fatality. The report delved into their lifestyle to understand their personal attitudes towards health.

Long working hours, long periods away from home, and difficult road and driving conditions emerged as major issues impacting their health and well-being. The study found that 62% of truck drivers had not undergone a medical check-up in the past year.

The risk factors faced by them as a result of fixed posture, repetitive twisting of the back and neck, working and sleeping in tight spaces often resulted in chronic back, neck and joint pain.

Negligence towards health among the drivers was exacerbated due to unfavourable environment and cultural factors in road transport industry such as poor driving infrastructure, badly maintained vehicles, unhygienic food and places to rest, low wages, unplanned driving schedules and long absences from home. The survey also said that most drivers ended up neglecting their health while struggling to make a decent living.

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