As a truck driver, you are essential to the American economy. Without your hard work, people would not be able to enjoy the accessibility of various consumer goods and groceries that they take for granted. You make a lot of sacrifices for your job. Not only do you spend days or weeks at a time away from your friends and family, but you are also put at risk of an on-the-job accident.
An important part of staying safe is knowing what hazards you encounter as a big rig driver. Here are some of the more prevalent risks you face while doing your job.
1. Loading and unloading
You lift and carry a lot of heavy items for your work. Lifting or carrying objects may result in a severe back injury. Whenever you are handling a heavy object, make sure you get help from others when you need to. You may also need to utilize a forklift to move loads.
2. Motor vehicle accidents
You may get into a wreck while driving your tractor-trailer despite strict safety regulations and even if you are the most careful driver. Due to the fact that the vast majority of your job requires you to drive for hours on end, the likelihood of getting in a traffic accident at some point is high.
3. Repetitive stress
Sitting for long durations may seem to be a safe thing to do, but it can take a significant toll on your back and neck. Steering your truck and shifting gears may also result in shoulder pain or carpal tunnel syndrome. You may also get injuries in your legs from repeatedly jumping down from the cab of your truck. Stretching and taking rest breaks may help prevent these injuries from occurring.
If you sustain an injury while driving your large commercial truck, make sure you look into filing a workers’ compensation claim.