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VERONESE, Andréa Márian  and  OLIVEIRA, Dora Lúcia Leidens Corrêa de. Traffic accidents from the motorcycle couriers' perspective: feedback for health promotion. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.12, pp.2717-2721. ISSN 1678-4464.

This research note is the result of a qualitative study in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, aimed at exploring traffic accident risk from the motorcycle couriers' point of view. The research results highlight the importance of accident prevention and health promotion for these workers. The study was based on sociological theories of risk, especially those emphasizing the social and cultural nature of its meanings. Information was gathered through focus groups and analyzed according to the Data-Based Theory. According to the research subjects, all motorcycle couriers, the traffic accident risk is inherent to their daily work duties and is produced by personal and social interests like money, speed, and urgency. Motorcycle couriers attempt to control such risks by using self-defense strategies. Considering the high incidence of traffic accidents with motorcycle couriers in Porto Alegre, these strategies have apparently not been effective. This note emphasizes that traffic accidents involving motorcycle couriers are work-related accidents, and that health promotion measures to prevent them should target not only the couriers themselves but also their employers and customers.

Keywords : Traffic Accidents; Occupational Accidents; Motorcycles; Health Promotion.

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