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May 31, 2016

TRUCKERS' SHORTAGE * USA: Survey

* California - Survey finds 21% of truck drivers quit due to health issues

--- HireRight, the Irvine, Calif.-based provider of global background verifications and drug and health testing, said a survey of transportation professionals shows nearly a fifth of fleet drivers are leaving the industry due to health issues... HireRight announced findings from its 2016 Transportation Spotlight report on Wednesday, which includes results on employment screening, recruiting and retention practices within the transportation industry... With the driver shortage expected to worsen in 2016, 59 percent of respondents reported that finding, retaining and developing talent was their top business challenge. The survey found 41 percent of drivers are leaving to spend more time at home and 21 percent are leaving due to health issues. This is prompting these leaders to take a closer look at wellness and lifestyle programs to increase retention, recognizing the positive effects they can have on keeping drivers healthy and happy... Due to the talent shortage, the transportation industry is willing to spend money to attract and retain talent. According to the survey, 35 percent of respondents offer safety and accident prevention programs, 21 percent offer free immunization/flu shots and 18 percent offer smoking cessation programs. And while these kinds of wellness programs can also help decrease health care and worker’s compensation costs and improve safety records, 45 percent of respondents said they don’t offer a wellness program at all...
(Photo: A trucker's family)  --   Irvine, CAL, USA - Trucking News - May 11, 2016

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