Worksite-induced morbidities among truck drivers in the United States

AAOHN J. 2010 Jul;58(7):285-96. doi: 10.3928/08910162-20100625-01.


A critical review was conducted of social, psychological, and health science literature on the array of health risks and morbidities of truckers. Multilevel worksite-induced strains (e.g., long work hours and fatigue, shift work and sleep deprivation, postural fatigue and exposure to noise and vibration, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet, exposure to diesel exhaust fumes, and other occupational stressors) were categorized into six primary morbidities for truckers: (1) psychological and psychiatric disorders; (2) detriments resulting from disrupted biological cycles; (3) musculoskeletal disorders; (4) cancer and respiratory morbidities; (5) cardiovascular disease; and (6) risk-laden substance use and sexual practices. Elevated morbidity risks suggest the need for the design and implementation of systematic epidemiological research and environmental interventions in the transport sector.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy
  • Motor Vehicles*
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • United States / epidemiology