Understanding Work Environments of the Truck Drivers its Influence on Physical Fatigue

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VB Tripathi, Anoop Khanna, JP Singh, Vinod Kumar SV, Snigdha Pareek


The purpose of this study is to comprehensively understand the work environments of truck drivers and their influence on physical fatigue. By exploring factors such as prolonged driving hours, sleep quality, environmental stressors, and regulatory frameworks, the study aims to identify key determinants of physical fatigue among truck drivers, particularly in the context of India. Ultimately, the study seeks to provide insights that can inform interventions, regulatory reforms, and improvements in workplace conditions to enhance the safety and well-being of truck drivers. The study followed an observational cross-sectional analytical research design, employing a quantitative approach to data collection. Data was collected from 300 truck drivers operating on major National Highways, focusing on freight routes covering specific regions in India between November 2022 to June 2023. A structured questionnaire was applied to collect information on demographic factors, work conditions, and fatigue levels for Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) were applied. Probability proportional to size (PPS) sampling method was applied to determine the sample size, ensuring representation across various trucking routes. Descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic regression analysis were used to analyse the data, identifying associations between independent variables and fatigue levels among truck drivers. The paper findings provide valuable insights for stakeholders, including policymakers, industry regulators, and trucking companies, to develop targeted interventions and regulatory reforms aimed at mitigating fatigue-related risks.

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