Due to driving long hours, often through the night and in hazardous conditions, truck drivers are exposed to more hazards than the average motorist.
Hazards for truck drivers
The biggest hazards for truck drivers include road traffic collisions. Truck drivers undergo rigorous training in order to reduce instances of road traffic accidents, however they cannot circumvent the laws of physics. A truck has a longer stopping distance due to the heavy loads being pulled and a motorist suddenly pulling out can cause a catastrophic collision to occur.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Although there is legislation in place to regulate just how long truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, it does not completely prevent the risk of suffering a repetitive strain injury. Repetitive strain injury occurs by placing a constant load on the same group of muscles for extended periods of time. This can be caused by sitting down for too long in the same position. It’s important to take regular break to prevent a repetitive strain injury from occurring.
Some truck drivers are tasked with transporting hazardous materials which poses a serious risk if the materials are not secured properly or leak as the result of a road traffic accident.
Trauma from physical exertion
Truck drivers will often have to carry out routine maintenance on their trucks such as changing tyres. This requires enormous physical effort and can result in a trauma such as a hernia.
Slips, trips & falls
Slipping or tripping is the single most reported accident at work and truck drivers are no exception. Truck drivers may be injured by falling from a cab, ladder or trailer.
It’s not just driving that can be hazardous for truck drivers. Life on the road can mean that truckers may suffer from a poor diet which creates a risk of gastric problems or even food poisoning.
Claiming compensation for an accident at work
Have you been injured at work as a truck driver and you weren’t to blame? Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people just like you to get the compensation they deserve for over 15 years now. We specialise in all areas of personal injury compensation and operate right across the UK. By calling free phone 0800 689 0500 you can speak with one of our friendly and competent advisors. Lines are open 24/7 and you won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown