Any occupation can have elements that can injure employees, and this is no different for truck drivers. They are exposed to several factors that can hurt them. Luckily, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWC) aims to serve injured workers. Therefore, if a driver is injured while in the line of duty, they may be qualified to file a claim.
Here are four common work injuries for truck drivers:
Boxes can fall on a truck driver’s head, and this can lead to significant injuries. Also, when they help with loading and unloading, cargo can fall on their head.
Neck and back injuries
Sitting for prolonged hours can lead to neck and back injuries. Since a truck driver is usually in one posture for hours, their neck and back can strain, causing their muscles to become sore. With time, this can lead to severe injuries.
Further, the vibration caused by a truck’s engine, especially when moving over a rough surface, can be transmitted to the driver’s seat, and this can lead to soreness in the back and pain in the neck, arms and legs.
Since they keep their arms in the same position and perform repetitive moves when driving, truck drivers can suffer repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and tendonitis. Over time, it can be difficult for them to drive, which can lead to reduced trips translating to low income. Additionally, this can increase the chances of an accident occurring.
Strains and sprains
These make up a significant percentage of the injuries truck drivers suffer. Lifting cargo, slouching while driving, climbing the truck and being inactive for long periods can contribute to sprains and strains.
If you are a truck driver injured while working, you can consider your options to get the compensation you deserve.