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Document ID (ISN)100972
CIS number 02-1919
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dannerlein J.T., Meeker J.D.
Title Occupational injuries among Boston bicycle messengers
Bibliographic information Dec 2002, Vol.42, No.6, p.519-525. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Most bicycle couriers work as independent contractors and their injuries are not well documented. In this study to quantify injury rates and severity among urban bicycle couriers, a sample of 113 couriers in the city of Boston completed a self-administered questionnaire survey. It was found that most couriers had suffered at least one injury resulting either in days lost from work (70%) or in visits to a health-care professional or hospital (55%). The annual incidence rate for injuries resulting in days away from work was 47/100-bike couriers. Bone fractures accounted for the most days lost from work, followed by dislocations, sprains, and strains. Collisions and avoiding collisions with motor vehicles, including during the opening of doors of vehicles parked on the side of the street into the path of the approaching cyclist, and collisions with pedestrians accounted for the majority (66%) of events leading to injury. Only 24% of messengers reported wearing a helmet on a regular basis, and only 32% have health insurance.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; deliverymen; injuries
Descriptors (secondary) automobiles; disobeying safety instructions; Massachusetts; accident absenteeism; fractures; strain injuries; sprains; dislocations; questionnaire survey; road transport; safety helmets; falls on the level; striking against objects; frequency rates; USA
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Road transportation