A review of current occupational safety & health practices in the Australian transport industry in relation to women transport workers
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
Introduction. Women are increasingly being employed in the transport industry in Western Australia, but there has been very little research conducted to identify their occupational safety and health needs. Research Study Aim. The aim of this pilot study research was to identify the challenges and opportunities for the occupational safety and health of women who work in the transport industry. Method. A phenomenological research method was used to obtain and analyse research interviews that were conducted with 13 women who worked in the road, rail and air transport industry concerning their occupational safety and health. Research Results. The results of this research identified that there were 8 main areas of concern. For women who worked in the road, rail and air transport business concerns were hours of work and physical stress. For road and rail transport workers additional concerns were credibility, competence and security. Personal needs which included lack of information, food, toilets and showers. For women who owned their own business a concern was payment for work as all customers did not pay promptly and for small business there was a lot of competition for the transport work. Rehabilitation and compensation was a problem in the road transport industry, while rail industry employees spoke about best practice in rehabilitation and compensation occurring in their workplace.