If you drive a truck, you probably understand the safety risks that drivers face. From the outside, truck driving can seem to be a safe job where you sit in a cab all day. But as a truck driver, you are at risk of several workplace injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tracks common trucking injuries and their sources. Here are some common risks of trucking according to OSHA:
- Overexertion – You face overexertion when you do things like disconnecting a trailer, strapping down loads on a flatbed or lowering the landing gear. These can often take a lot of physical effort in tight spaces. If the equipment sticks, slips or you don’t have a good grip, the overexertion or sudden jerking motions can cause injury.
- Falling – Truck drivers climb around their trucks a lot. Just to get in the cab, they must climb up. If they have a flatbed, they must climb up to strap down loads. If the truck is wet or the surface they are climbing on is smooth, the driver can easily slip and fall.
- Accidents on the road – According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), long-haul truck drivers face a high risk of a serious traffic accident. One in three drivers have had a traffic accident. Accidents can lead to traumatic injuries and death. And OSHA reports that both high speed and the unsafe actions of other drivers lead to a majority of fatal truck accidents.
As a truck driver, you are at risk for a workplace injury. Make sure to seek medical treatment for any injuries and report them to your employer. Workers’ compensation covers injuries that happen because of your job.
While not everyone may think you have a dangerous job, driving truck can put you at risk of injury.