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Facts about shoulder injuries among truck drivers

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Workers’ compensation claims show that truck drivers have some of the highest rates of shoulder injuries in Illinois. If you’re a truck driver, it’s important to be aware of the risks and take steps to prevent these injuries from occurring.

How do shoulder injuries occur among truck drivers?

Shoulder injuries are usually caused by a number of things, but when it comes to truck drivers, some of the most common causes are heavy lifting, pulling and vibrations from working with machinery or equipment for extended periods of time.

As a truck driver, you can also be at risk of shoulder injuries from your daily commute. Driving a truck requires you to sit in one position for long periods of time, which can increase the likelihood that strain and pressure will lead to potential problems with your shoulders. In addition, if you’re not careful about how you fasten yourself into your seat or adjust it over time, you can easily get into positions that increase your risk of shoulder injuries.

What can you do to prevent shoulder injuries?

You can avoid a lot of the most common causes of shoulder injuries by taking smart steps to make sure you are comfortable when driving, loading or unloading your truck. For instance, you can make sure that the seat of your cab is adjustable and fits properly. If it isn’t, purchase an ergonomic cushion designed for drivers that will provide extra padding where needed and help you maintain good posture. In addition, consider using a seat belt or safety harness if your truck doesn’t have one already to prevent injuries from accidents while driving.

You can also avoid shoulder injuries and workers’ compensation claims by making sure that the equipment and machinery in your truck get properly maintained on a regular basis. You don’t want problems with things like hydraulics that could cause injuries if they go wrong while you’re on the road.

It’s true that shoulder injuries are fairly common among truck drivers. With the right steps, you can prevent them and keep your shoulders healthier.