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Work-Related Injuries in Commercial Truck Driving

Commercial truck drivers are exposed to the risk of severe work-related injuries.

commercial-truck-driverIt is a fact that commercial truck drivers play a crucial role in the economy. These people usually make significant sacrifices when it comes to making sure that goods are delivered at various places where they are needed to keep the economy moving. Commercial truck driving is fraught with some serious risks. It is essential to guard against these work-related injuries if you happen to work as a commercial truck driver.

Commercial Truck Driving Risks and Precautions

Auto Accidents

Traffic accidents involving commercial trucks are not as common as those involving smaller vehicles. This is in part due to strict regulation of commercial drivers by the government. But when these large vehicles happen to be involved in accidents, the associated damage is usually greater. Commercial truck drivers can reduce the likelihood of an accident by having sufficient rest and staying away from driving when feeling sleepy. It also helps to get rid of all distractions when driving such as the use of unnecessary mobile devices. Full attention and alertness is required if you really love your family and want to stay alive for them.

Injuries Related to Lifting and Carrying

There are many drivers who have suffered serious injuries due to lifting or carrying of heavy loads. These injuries could be as a result of trips or falls while loading or unloading. They could also surface after putting down a weighty load. You can save yourself from these injuries by using proper safety gear and equipment when loading and unloading your truck. There are mechanical aids which can be used to carry heavy loads when working as a commercial truck driver. You should also try to wear back braces and seek help from other people in lifting heavy objects, if you must do that. Likelihood of slips and falls in the process of loading and unloading can also be lowered by ensuring truck beds and loading docks are always kept clean and dry.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Truckers are at risk of developing repetitive stress injuries, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, back pain, and neck pain when driving for long periods. Joint issues in the lower part of the body are also likely due to the regular habit of drivers of jumping down from trucks. You may be able to prevent these injuries by resting and stretching at regular intervals. It is probably time to get medical help when you start to feel sore.

Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits

It is possible for truckers who suffer from work-related injuries to receive compensation. This will help greatly to defray medical costs and lost wages. Contact The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (816) 399-3706.

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Updated: January 8, 2019

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