Every truck driver knows the dangers that they may face while on the road. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries in 2015, which is the most of any occupation.
But did you know that heavy and tractor-trailer drivers also have the highest number of non-fatal injuries and illnesses that require days off of work when compared to all occupations? Most of the non-fatal injuries and illnesses were not related to transportation. 35 percent were categorized as overexertion and bodily reaction, while 30 percent of non-fatal injuries involved slips, trips and falls.
BLS data also shows that truck drivers who do get hurt on the job take longer to recover compared with all other occupations. Half of all truck drivers required at least 20 days away from work after an incident before returning, compared with all other occupations, in which half of all workers returned to work within nine days.
Among tractor-trailer drivers who had to take days off work due to being injured, 42 percent missed more than a month of work. The risk of a non-fatal injury to a truck driver that is not transportation-related can be greatly reduced by following some simple techniques and wearing proper footwear.
You can find many sites that offer long lists of avoidance tips for slips, trips and falls. Proper footwear is typically listed as one of the most important ways to prevent injuries.
Always remember… safety first!