Work overload and risk behaviors in motorcyclists

ABSTRACT Objective: to analyze the association between work overload and risk behaviors adopted by motorcyclists. Method: a cross-sectional study of injured motorcycle drivers hospitalized at the Hospital da Restauração Governador Paulo Guerra in the city of Recife, PE, from May to September 2016. A questionnaire was applied containing sociodemographic variables related to work overload and risk behaviors adoption. Odds Ratio (OR) and 95% Confidence Interval were used to analyze the association between the variables. Results: there was a predominance of males (97.6%), mean age 31.44 years (SD = 9.50). There was an association of sleep/fatigue at the accident time with difficulties carrying out work tasks (OR = 3.7), feeling tired during work (OR = 4.6) and feeling under pressure to carry out work tasks (OR = 3.5). Conclusion: work overload was associated with risk behaviors adoption. It is believed that this fact can have an impact on the occurrence and severity of accidents.