This thesis is concerned with the occupational health of white-water raft guides working in the UK and details how working conditions and practices can lead to an increased risk of unintentional injury or ill-health. Work-related injury and ill-health is a problem across all industries in the UK, with some employees, such as those working in the Outdoor Industry, being more at risk than those working in other industries. Biological and psychosocial factors have been associated with work-related health in a range of occupational settings; however, the majority of previous studies have used non-physical occupational samples, such as office workers. Very little is known about the occupational health risk factors of those working in the Outdoor Industry, such as white-water raft guides, especially as health and safety strategies currently in place are client focused as opposed to provider focused. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University. Some appendixes have been removed for copyright reasons.
Loughborough University (Graduate School Studentship).