Truck Driver Work Injuries
Truck drivers are at a higher risk than most for back, neck, and other musculoskeletal injuries thanks to the very physical nature of the job. In 2012, the rates of both fatal and non-fatal injuries and illnesses of truck drivers were higher than the average of all private industry occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There are three distinct ways truck driving injuries can occur. In an effort to promote prevention and awareness, Sisbro is here to identify the biggest risks.
Lifting and other physical labor injuries
A transportation worker is a jack of all trades. They unload cargo, lift boxes, relocate bins, and so much more. Back, neck, and other upper extremity injuries can happen very quickly. Sisbro urges truck drivers slow down, lift with their legs to avoid strain, wear back support belts as necessary, and lastly, take their time doing everyday tasks.
Truck drivers can fall from their truck, from a palate of cargo, or even on the stairs in unfamiliar locations. They are on the job in every sort of weather, so wet or snowy conditions can make a simple walk from point A to point B very difficult. They can fall from up high or fall on level ground while unloading the truck or making a routine inspection.
Workers may be hurt when they lose control of the truck or collide with another vehicle. Risk lies in the typical car accident and while the truck driver works in the vicinity of the truck. A vehicle can roll in an instant and workers should be aware of their surroundings.
Sisbro keeps the lines of communication open with our drivers. We provide education and continued training in our prevention efforts. We’re here to answer your questions, so contact us today at 217-228-2644.