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4 types of injuries drivers face in loading or unloading trucks

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2024 | Types Of Work-Related Injuries |

Truck drivers play an important role in the transportation industry, ensuring goods reach their destinations. However, their job involves various risks, including during the loading and unloading process.

Injuries sustained during these tasks can range from minor to severe, affecting drivers’ health and their ability to work.

1. Musculoskeletal or repetitive strain injuries

These injuries often occur due to the repetitive nature of loading and unloading tasks, such as lifting heavy cargo or securing items for transport. Over time, the strain on muscles and joints can lead to conditions such as back pain, shoulder injuries and sprains.

Constant lifting, bending and reaching can cause strain on tendons, muscles and nerves, resulting in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or bursitis.

2. Fractures or head injuries

Loading docks and truck beds can be hazardous environments, especially in bad weather. For example, during rainy weather, truck drivers may encounter slippery surfaces on uneven terrain. This increases the risk of falls and slips. These accidents can result in injuries ranging from bruises and strains to more severe fractures or head injuries.

3. Broken bones or internal injuries

Handling heavy cargo poses a significant risk of crushing injuries for truck drivers. Improperly secured loads or equipment malfunctions can lead to accidents where drivers get caught between cargo or pinned against the truck’s interior. These injuries can cause severe trauma, including broken bones, internal injuries and even amputations.

4. Life-threatening trauma

Truck drivers are vulnerable to struck-by accidents during the loading and unloading process. Moving vehicles, forklifts or falling objects can pose serious threats to drivers working in close proximity. Without proper safety measures, these accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor bruises to life-threatening trauma.

Understanding these types of injuries may help truck drivers better deal with the workers’ compensation process.