Exploring Links Between Medical Conditions and Safety Performance in Tractor Trailer Drivers

This study is continuing to complete an initial phase and then extend and expand an existing program of research (the "Truckers & Turnover Project"), with two incremental components. First component: researchers are finalizing a paper that provides an analysis of the savings in medical insurance claims costs associated with the program, which is being revised at the request of the editor of a journal. Credible evidence of the medical cost and crash costs savings accruing to a firm employing an OSA program will make investment in such programs by individual motor carriers more likely even in the absence of regulations, and it may help reduce opposition to new regulations requiring OSA screening (which led to a withdrawal of the preliminary rulemaking on this topic during the reporting period). The second component was the re-establishment of the legal and security conditions required to obtain new operational, human resource, and protected health data on drivers from the participating trucking firm. These conditions are substantially in place, and further progress on this now falls under the new Roadway Safety Institute project, “The Screening Effectiveness of the Commercial Driver’s Medical Examination.”


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $261711
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Roadway Safety Institute

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota, Morris

    Economics and Management Department
    600 East 4th Street
    Morris, MN  United States  56267
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burks, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20141201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39410

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567211
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2015049
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2015 1:00AM