A Study on Logistical Distribution Management and Safety in Thailand’s Highway Work Zone: The Case of Logistics DriversAuthor/Presenter: Mahasirikul, Narongdet; Aksorn, Preenithi; Srinavin, Korb; Ngowtanasuwan, Grit
The purpose of this study is to analyze the Safety and Logistical Distribution Management system in Thailand’s Highway Work Zone based on data from Logistics drivers. Accidents in highway construction zones have caused enormous casualties in Thailand yearly. Statistical data shows evidence of correlation between numbers of accidents and drivers’ recklessness. In this study, researchers conducted an in-depth interview with 414 logistics drivers and highway construction workers in Khon Kaen province, Thailand. The data was collected based on 63 questionnaires aiming at capturing factors contributing to the risk of safety and cause of accidents in logistic infrastructures such as Highway work zone. The result reveals two significant factors affecting safety in highway work zone, which includes construction environment and safety management system. Moreover, the result shows that feeling of afraid and confused while driving within the construction zones significantly affecting driver’s risk of having an accident. The findings of this study offer that a strategic planning and evaluation of the logistics drivers’ satisfaction and construction workers’ participation to mitigate highway accidents at construction zones and that drivers’ knowledge and perception toward construction safety management plays a significant role in preventing highway accidents at the construction areas.