A new study reveals that long haul truck drivers may be at risk of significant injuries simply due to the specifics of their job. The study found that back, neck and arm injuries were some of the most common among long haul truck drivers. This study was completed by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and involved the 2010 NIOSH National Survey on Long Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury.
Over 1,300 different truck drivers were surveyed at 32 truck stops across the country. The results showed that more than one quarter of the injuries reported by truck operators were to their arms, whereas another 21% were associated with the back or the neck. The most common injuries reported by these long haul truck drivers included fractures, sprains and strains.
Drivers were most frequently injured as a result of contact with an object or equipment or a fall. Of those who did sustain injuries directly related to their job, more than half had to spend time away from work. Long haul truck drivers experienced illnesses and injuries that involved more significant days away from work.
The days away from work required for long haul truck drivers who have sustained injuries directly related to their employment were more than double those of other hazardous professions including farming, fishing, forestry, construction and extraction.
When a worker is injured on the job and he or she must miss out on time at work, this can lead to significant consequences and problems when filing your workers’ compensation claim. If you or someone you know has already been injured on the job, you may need the support of an experienced San Francisco workers’ compensation lawyer.