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Table 2 Stressors in the pilot profession and accidents in respect of the rotation systems

From: Online survey among maritime pilots: job-related stress and strain and the effects on their work ability

  Total sample (n = 401) 1-week ROS (n = 49) 4-month ROS (n = 352) p1
Main stressors in the pilot profession, n (%)
Not sufficiently predictable free time 213 (53.1%) 5 (10.2%) 208 (59.1%) < 0.001
Irregular working hours 208 (51.9%) 25 (51.0%) 183 (52.0%) 0.899
Night work 207 (51.6%) 29 (59.2%) 17 (50.6%) 0.258
Insufficient sleeping times 147 (36.7%) 21 (42.9%) 126 (35.8%) 0.336
Non-professional bridge team 85 (21.2%) 12 (24.5%) 73 (20.7%) 0.547
Long operating times at a stretch 66 (16.5%) 3 (6.1%) 63 (17.9%) 0.037
Working under wet and cold conditions 29 (7.2%) 11 (22.4%) 18 (5.1%) < 0.001
High responsibility for safe navigation 20 (5.0%) 6 (12.2%) 14 (4.0%) 0.013
Stand-by time (8 days or 4 months respectively between two long vacations)   < 0.001
Appropriate 190 (47.4%) 41 (83.7%) 149 (42.3%)  
Too long 185 (46.1%) 6 (12.2%) 179 (50.9%)  
Too short 26 (6.5%) 2 (4.1%) 24 (6.8%)  
Occupational accident with severe personal injury, n (%) 79 (19.7%) 5 (10.2%) 74 (21.0%) 0.074
Vessel damage, n (%) 208 (51.9%) 37 (75.5%) 171 (48.5%) < 0.001
  1. 1Chi-square test