The long-haul truck driver's job is among the most difficult and dangerous of occupations. They average between 2,000 and 3,000 miles per week, spend most of their day driving, and must do physical labor when they aren't driving. Their vehicles are large and difficult to handle in poor weather conditions, and their long driving hours increase their risk of traffic accidents. Because of the nature of their work, they are subject to many debilitating injuries. These include:
Traffic Accident Injuries
The nature of these injuries depends on the type of accident. These injuries can range from whiplash to broken bones, injury to the spine, neck, brain, and the internal organs. Trucks can be involved in traffic pileups, collisions, rollovers, jackknifes, and can go off the road.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
The upper body motion required to operate a truck is limited to moving the steering wheel and shifting gears. Continually performing these limited motions over the course of years often causes repetitive motion injuries. The vibration of the gear shift and steering wheel make the problem worse.
The truck driver's job is mostly sedentary with occasional sessions of intense physical exertion. This combination is the perfect recipe for musculoskeletal injuries of the back, neck, and upper extremities. The work may involve loading and unloading cargo from the trailer, opening and closing the trailer doors, and truck maintenance duties. Flatbed drivers must place tarps over their trailer loads, which is one of the most hazardous of truck driving duties.
The most common fall occurs while entering or exiting their vehicles. Entering and exiting the cab is done countless times during the truck driver's career. It only takes one slip on ice-coated steps to cause a severe injury. Falls may also occur at shipping docks or from flatbed trailers while tarping them.
Struck by an Object
This may happen while loading and unloading a trailer. When opening the trailer doors, cargo leaning against the inside of a door can fall on the driver. Unstable forklift loads may fall and strike the truck driver during trailer loading or unloading operations.
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