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RR398 - Review of key human factors involved in workplace transport accidents

Workplace transport is the second biggest cause of accidents in the workplace. Although there has been some success in identifying the main types of workplace transport accidents, the people involved, and types of injuries that result, little appears to be known about full influence of a range of human factors on workplace transport accidents. This review therefore seeks to identify pertinent literature in this area. Literature on individual differences and personality, stress, fatigue and demands, training, competencies and selection, and safety culture and management processes was examined, primarily in the context of workplace transport. The literature found relating to these areas would suggest that human factors issues are likely to influence workplace transport accidents on a number of levels. A number of recommendations are made to enable research to be targeted and practice to be improved.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19