While injuries in other industries are generally on the decline, truck
drivers are seeing an increase in injuries suffered at work. Working in
the trucking industry is a physically demanding job and a shortage of
drivers has caused an increase in demand for their services. As a result,
more inexperienced drivers are in the trucking industry than ever before
and injuries are rising as a result.
Injury Risks for Truck Drivers
It should come as no surprise that truck accidents are far and away the
biggest risk of injury for truck drivers. However, due to the nature of
their work, truck drivers are also exposed to several other injury risks,
While truckers spend the majority of their time driving, they are often
transporting heavy cargo that must be loaded and unloaded at an industrial
site or warehouse. When truckers arrive at these facilities after hours
of sitting in a truck cab, they are usually immediately required to perform
sudden physical exertion which can lead to muscle pulls or other back injuries.
Additionally, industrial sites and warehouses are inherently dangerous
environments; however, they tend to be even more dangerous for truck drivers
who are not as familiar with the surroundings as the workers who spend
40-50 hours a week at the facility. These means general hazards that could
lead to an accident become even more dangerous for truck drivers.
Truck drivers are also constantly pressed for time and are pushed to load
and unload their truck as quickly as possible in order to get back on
the road to make the next delivery. The importance placed on speed comes
at the cost of safety and can lead to an increase in accidents.
Ways to Reduce Injuries to Truck Drivers
While you can never make an industrial worksite 100% injury-free, there
are steps that can be taken to help prevent the amount of injuries that
truck drivers suffer while working. For starters, many training programs
focus almost solely on safety protocols while operating the truck. While
that is certainly important, more training can be given to teach truck
drivers proper ways to load and unload cargo.
Additionally, trucking companies should perform periodic physical fitness
tests to ensure drivers are capable of lifting the amount of cargo that
is necessary to do the job. Some larger trucking companies have even begun
instituting wellness and fitness programs to encourage physical fitness
and monitor the health of its drivers.
Injured while working as a trucker?
If you have been injured while working as a truck driver, you should speak
with an experienced injury attorney about your legal rights. Depending
on the cause of the injury, where the injury occurred, and many other
factors, you could be eligible for compensation. At Arnold & Itkin,
we have helped truck drivers and other industrial workers all over the
country recover compensation for their workplace injuries.
Contact our injury attorneys today for a free case evaluation.