Truck drivers provide an essential service for the American economy. As a long-haul trucker, you help products get from our nation’s ports to locations across the country.
Driving trucks can also mean opportunities for injuries. While long-haul truckers get into accidents like other vehicles, other injuries can keep you from work, too.
Here’s what you should know about some of the more common injuries for long-haul truckers.
Climb with caution
One of the most common injuries for truck drivers is falling from a height. Whether it comes from a misstep getting in the truck or dealing with cargo, there are many opportunities to fall while you are on the road.
As you climb, try to have at least three points of contact (two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot) on the truck while climbing in and out. You should also try to maintain three points of contact if you are climbing through the cargo as well.
Challenges of sitting for too long
Although sitting for hours on end is not the first thing you consider when you think about strenuous jobs, you know from experience that sitting and driving for long periods can take a serious toll on your body.
Sitting and driving for a long time can impact soft tissues, like muscles, nerves and tendons. When you get up to do other tasks, like pump gas or wipe down the truck, you may start to feel the impact of your lack of movement.
Keep in mind, your driving-related injuries may not show up when you are driving. It is critical to seek medical attention when you notice injuries so you can get appropriate care and prevent future injuries.