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What does it really mean to be safe at work?

Freely available papers for the UN’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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We spend much of our lives working, and the line between work and home can easily become blurred. What if you get caught in a traffic accident on the way to work during rush hour, or have a near-miss crossing the road to your office because a driver is on the phone? Does this count as a work accident? Where does the workplace begin and end?

What are the obvious and not-so-obvious dangers at work? For an airline pilot, a technical malfunction could be seen as the most dangerous thing to cause a crash, but perhaps it’s the working hours that are putting pilots more at risk. For a fire fighter, you may be surprised to learn that the sound of the alarm may cause more lasting injury than the lick of a flame. And if you work long hours sitting in an office, your chair could turn out to be your worst enemy.

Safety at work is more than wearing a hard hat if you’re on a construction site. The UN’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work on Thursday, April 28, provides an opportunity to stop and consider what “safe at work” means to you and others.

To mark this day, we have made the following articles freely available for you to read online until July 1, 2016. The open access article on driver attention is always free to read online.

Safety and health at work: an article selection

Does rush hour see a rush of emotions? Driver mood in conditions likely to exhibit congestion
Eric A. Morris, Jana A. Hirsch
Travel Behaviour and Society

Modeling safety of highway work zones with random parameters and random effects models
Erdong Chen, Andrew P. Tarko
Accident Analysis and Prevention

Analytic methods in accident research: Methodological frontier and future directions
Fred L. Mannering, Chandra R. Bhat
Accident Analysis and Prevention

Fatiguing effect of multiple take-offs and landings in regional airline operations
Kimberly A. Honn, Brieann C. Satterfield, Peter McCauley, J. Lynn Caldwell, Hans P.A. Van Dongen
Accident Analysis and Prevention

Sound the alarm: Health and safety risks associated with alarm response for salaried and retained metropolitan firefighters
Jessica L. Paterson, Brad Aisbett, Sally A. Ferguson
Safety Science

Quantifying the intangible costs related to non-ergonomic work conditions and work injuries based on the stress level among employees
Mohammad Mansour
Safety Science

Mobile phone use while driving: Underestimation of a global threat
Janet Ige, Amrit Banstola, Paul Pilkington
Journal of Transport & Health

Distracted pedestrians in crosswalks: An application of the Theory of Planned Behavior
Benjamin K. Barton, Susan M. Kologi, Anne Siron
Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

Hours of service regulations in the United States and the 2013 rule change
Asvin Goel
Transport Policy

Real time detection of driver attention: Emerging solutions based on robust iconic classifiers and dictionary of poses – Open Access
G.L. Masala, E. Grosso
Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies

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Jenny EllisJenny Ellis joined Elsevier in 2015 as a Marketing Manager for some of the social sciences journals. She has a master’s degree in Post-Colonial Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Loughborough University. She is based in Oxford.

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