The risk of being injured at work is higher in some industries than others. This is simply the reality of working a physically-demanding job versus working in a more sedentary one. With many physically-demanding jobs, there are injury risks specific to the position as well as more general injury risks.
One of the most effective ways to reduce your chance of suffering an injury on the job is to familiarize yourself with the specific injury risks you face and take measures to prevent them. Bridgeton Workers' Compensation lawyers note that truck drivers are at a greater risk than others of suffering from the following injuries.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Driving a truck involves a lot of sitting, steering, shifting, and braking. These can all lead to muscle and joint pain, known collectively as "repetitive stress injuries." Specifically, this class of injuries includes carpal tunnel syndrome and muscle strain in the back and neck from sitting for prolonged periods of time.
You can reduce your chance of suffering a repetitive stress injury by taking frequent breaks and making it a point to stretch and move during these breaks. If you experience persistent pain, speak to a doctor about it to determine a treatment plan.
Injuries Sustained in Traffic Accidents
When you drive, you are at risk of being involved in a traffic accident. As a truck driver, you are at risk of colliding with cars and other vehicles as a result of driver negligence, vehicle malfunction, or damaged or defective roadways. You are also at risk of accidents specific to tractor trailers, such as jackknifing.
To reduce your chance of being involved in a traffic accident, always obey the rules of the road. Your truck needs more space to come to a complete stop than a smaller vehicle needs. It also needs a larger area in which to make turns. Know your truck's dimensions and how to maneuver them to reduce your chance of being injured.
Lifting and carrying heavy objects can be very stressful on your back, especially if you are not utilizing proper lifting and carrying techniques. Bend your knees to lower down, then open them to rise back up with the object. Wearing a back brace can also reduce the strain on your back. If an item is too heavy to carry comfortably, do not attempt to lift and carry it. Instead, ask a colleague for help.
Bridgeton Workers' Compensation Lawyers Advocate for Injured Truck Drivers
As a truck driver, you are at risk of being injured on the job every single day. If you have been injured in an accident at work, whether that accident occurred while you were driving your truck, loading or unloading the truck, or while you were moving freight inside the truck or the warehouse, you have the right to file a Workers' Compensation claim to cover your damages. To learn more about seeking Workers' Compensation in New Jersey, set up your initial consultation with a member of our team at Rone & Kowalski, LLC in our Milmay office. Fill out our online form or call us at 609-476-4044 x203 today to speak with our qualified Bridgeton Workers' Compensation lawyers. We represent clients from the entire South Jersey region, including Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township, and Cumberland County.