Like other delivery or commercial truck drivers, supermarket drivers often spend long periods of time driving, exposing them to constant vibrations and requiring them to perform repetitive tasks like operating steering wheels, changing gears, working pedals, and so on, over and over again.
Accidents at work involving lifting
Drivers also have to repeatedly lift heavy loads when loading and unloading their trucks. As a result, there is little wonder that injuries at work for supermarket drivers often consist of repetitive strain injuries, or RSI.
RSI is a term used to cover an array of conditions resulting from prolonged performance of repetitive tasks; long periods of working in awkward positions; prolonged exposure to excessive vibration or repeated handling of heavy loads. Such conditions may include, among others:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Dupuytren’s contracture.
- Rotator cuff syndrome.
- Vibration white finger.
Supermarket drivers often experience chronic pain in the back, shoulders, hips or knees as part of their work related conditions.
Preventing work accidents leading to RSI
In order to prevent work-induced RSI, drivers must be given regular breaks; receive training in proper manual handling procedures and, where necessary, be provided with the necessary equipment to safely deal with heavy loads.
Drivers affected by work-related RSI within the last 36 months may qualify for industrial injury compensation if someone else is responsible for their condition. This may be the case if RSI is the result of lack of training/adequate equipment or prolonged exposure to vibrations, awkward positions or repetitive tasks without sufficient break periods.
Claiming for compensation
In the first instance, it is necessary to establish claim eligibility. This can be easily done by completing Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test or compensation calculator. Another way of determining whether a claim is justified and has a chance of being successful is to call this law firm’s advice line on 0800 689 0500 and discuss the matter with a friendly, experienced adviser. This free phone number is available all day, every day, and calls are obligation free and strictly confidential.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has successfully aided injured individuals get the compensation they deserve for 15 years. This, combined with the fact that services are provided under strict conditional fee agreements, ensures the company’s specialised lawyers assigned to individual cases have the necessary experience to efficiently and cost-effectively bring compensation claims to satisfactory conclusions.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown