A job in the transportation industry comes with many occupational hazards. Dangerous driving conditions, long hours on the road, and lifting heavy loads put truckers and delivery drivers at risk for chronic back pain, muscle sprains, hernias – and worse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, transportation and material moving incidents are responsible for more than a quarter of all fatal workplace injuries, including many in California. While some accidents are unavoidable, being aware of common injuries for truckers, delivery drivers, and bus drivers can help minimize your risk of getting hurt on the job. Common injuries for transportation workers in San Diego include:
Overexertion injuries from hours driving
Truck drivers spend hours on the road every day. Sitting for prolonged periods can cause chronic lower back pain and put stress on muscles and joints. Many transportation workers are also required to help move their loads once they’ve reached their destinations. Lifting heavy boxes, cartons, and containers can cause back pain and strained muscles in the upper extremities.
Sprains due to falls getting out of a truck or bus
Truckers and delivery drivers spend most of their time sitting in their vehicles. However, accidents can happen when getting in or out of a truck or bus, and when loading or unloading materials on an elevated platform. Falling from a vehicle or shipping dock can cause knee and back sprains. Making deliveries to upper floors is also risky for truck drivers. A single misstep can cause a worker to fall down a flight of stairs and get seriously injured.
Being struck by an object when loading or unloading
Truckers, bus drivers, and delivery drivers are at risk for being struck by objects when loading or unloading a delivery. Vehicle parts, lift gates, pallet jacks, and forklifts can strike a trucker or bus driver and result in crushed limbs, cuts, and bruises. Injury can also occur if a heavy box or carton falls on a transportation worker when loading or unloading a delivery.
Accidents on the road while driving
It’s always sunny in San Diego, but a trucker’s route could take him or her to regions with inclement weather. Rain, fog, snow, and ice can cause treacherous driving conditions that may cause a trucker or bus driver to lose control. Or, a small car may cut off a large truck in broad daylight and cause a collision. A vehicle accident can result in a spinal cord injury, broken bones, or death.
Have you been hurt on the job? Call a transportation workers’ compensation attorney.
Compared to all occupations, truck drivers are three times more likely to suffer an injury on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whether you tore a muscle in your shoulder unloading a heavy delivery or you suffered a spinal cord injury in a vehicular collision, a transportation workers’ compensation attorney can help you collect the benefits you need to make a physical and financial recovery.
At the Law Office of Gerald Brody & Associates, we defend the rights of San Diego workers who are injured in accidents involving heavy trucks, buses, and other company vehicles. We’ll help you make sense of your case so you can focus on what’s most important – your recovery. Give us a call at (619) 528-9800 to schedule your free consultation.