Truck Driver Injury Prevention
The trucking has one of the highest workers’ compensation claim rates and more nonfatal injuries than workers in any other occupation.
This is because it requires long hours of inactivity (while driving) as well as encourages poor eating habits (lots of fast food) and discourages exercising, thus increasing the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as strains and sprains as well as injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves.
General Freight trucking has two and a half times the rate of work-related strains and sprains of all other industries combined.
Strains and sprains can include:
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Muscle strain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
About 50% these truck driver injuries are serious sprains and strains, since many truck drivers load/unload and secure the cargo they haul.
Other common injuries include bruises, fractures, cuts and lacerations, soreness and pain, and multiple traumatic injuries.
Injuries are often due to:
- Being struck by an object
- Transportation accidents
- Repetitive use of body
- Lifting heavy boxes and cargo
- Awkward postures such as reaching overhead
- Gripping tightly or improperly
Each year, direct costs for injuries to truck drivers exceed $100 million and 576,000 lost-work days. And then there is the time and money lost for loads that fail to be delivered or are delivered late.
In fact, in Washington State, 1 out of 13 drivers have a work-related injury that forces them to miss, on average, 184 days of work.
Workers’ Compensation Costs
- 41% of compensable claims are the result of strains and sprains to the neck, back and upper extremity (shoulders, elbows, hands/wrists)
- The average cost for a claim is over $26,000
- Average of 184 time-loss days Compared to other industries
Work-related time off also increases the cost of hiring and training, increasing turnover and decreasing productivity. Sometimes workers are unable to return to their full wage jobs after an injury or require extensive life-altering surgeries or treatments to recover.
Take steps to equip truck drivers and operators with the proper tools needed to help them avoid on the job injuries.
After 2 years of research into how we can prevent these injuries, and save the costs associated with them, we developed the QuickLoader.
This a 4-in-1 tool that eliminates back pain, shoulder pain, muscle strain, and fall risk, while increasing load securement time and fleet productivity. These tools include:
- Mechanical Strap-Launcher Head
- Corner Guard Placer
- Built-in Height Stick w/ leveling arm
- Tarp Pick
By providing a way to quickly and easily any cargo securement function for even the tallest load, we’re able to keep your drivers safe, productive and on the job.