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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Truck Drivers Involved In Suicides Often Face End Of Career - A Report From Finland

This article, from the Helsingin Sanomat, was not what I expected at first. How would you respond if people outside of your workplace were using your workplace to commit suicide?

In Finland 8-9% of all fatal traffic accidents are suicides.  People are intentionally driving their cars into oncoming trucks. The truck drivers survive, but their lives are changed, and for some returning to work is difficult.  This article tells the story of 27-year-old truck driver Sami Pohjolainen. 

"An oncoming Peugeot estate car swerves directly into the path of his truck, hitting right between the headlights. ”Screaming 'Nooou', I slammed on the brakes”, Pohjolainen recalls. At that point he usually wakes up in a cold sweat."
"The accident that occurred last summer appears in his dreams almost every night. Pohjolainen was driving a 25-metre-long truck-trailer combination towards Oulu on July 11th, when a violent crash occurred at ten past midnight."

Pohjolainen has not been able to return to work since the accident. Read the complete article here to get the details. 

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Blogger Fred said...

You got me on this one. How could someone involved in a suicide be concerned about their career ending. But I see how what is described in this article can be a significant problem. I've never considered that a workplace could be used by others as a means of suicide. Is there anything that can be done?

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is tough. What can anyone do?

8:55 AM  

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