Accident Reporting for Bulk Milk Hauling within the state of Missouri
Benedict, William H.
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A literature review has shown that there is a need for dedicated bulk milk hauling research that identifies ways to preserve quality by reducing risks of driving accidents. Reduction of driving accidents will increase public safety, save costs to the milk industry as well as government agencies and emergency responders, and reduce risks of low quality milk reaching processors. This study looks at seven years of historical data on bulk milk hauler accidents within the State of Missouri as a population. The purpose of this study is to determine factors that may be related to bulk milk hauling accidents in the state of Missouri, and provide a perspective in understanding the historical data available. Analysis of the historical data presented significant statistical findings that there is a positive relationship between the dispersion of dairy producers within the state and the occurrence of bulk milk hauling accidents. There also exists a lower level of significance in the relationship between the dispersion of dairy processors within the state and the occurrence of bulk milk hauling accidents. Data analysis also presents the finding that the load size of the tanker trucks which experience accidents is not an independent factor when compared to the occurrence of that accident. It is concluded that these findings represent a foundation for continued research to identify causal factors related to the occurrence of bulk milk truck accidents within the State of Missouri.