Carriers working for companies that rely heavily on freight transportation such as FedEx, USPS and Amazon usually suffer from many forms of injury that can even end their careers. Read on to know about them, how to avoid them and stay protected.
5 Leading Injuries Among FedEx Suppliers
Not only FedEx, but truck drivers from different shipping companies face these injuries at least once in their lives, let's see them below:
- Vehicle Related Injuries: These include cases where the truck driver forgets to apply the emergency brake before leaving the truck. As a result, the truck hits either another car or a person passing by, leading to a third party being injured.
- Falls: This happens more often than you can imagine. Since transport vehicles are elevated vehicles, it is common for drivers to fall off and injure themselves. They can also slip while loading or unloading the load leading to some painful injuries. In addition, things like putting tire chains or lifting the latch on the back of the truck can also physically damage them.
- To be hit by objects: When opening containers, lifting suspended trailers or attaching trucks to trailers, trucks or their assistants may be struck by or by objects. Items such as winch bars, cartons, drawers, binders, pallets or lifting doors can hit them and cause some painful injuries.
- Lifting injuries: These are more of the internal, muscular or spinal cord injuries that result in heavy lifting. Drivers load and unload objects daily in and out of the truck, which can lead to musculoskeletal injuries due to overexertion when lifting.
- Driving injuries: Sometimes drivers are not experienced trucks, are exhausted or under the influence of alcohol, which leads them to drive the truck into another car, a post or even a sidewalk. This leads to serious injuries.
How do you ensure your safety?
Accidents can happen to anyone if their job involves lifting loads and pressing the pedal for 1
- When lifting something, do it by following the correct protocol in your training. Or you can watch videos on YouTube to highlight specific items to ensure your safety.
- Do not be stiff when handling the load; It can put pressure on your legs and muscles, leading to multiple injuries. Always keep the weight between the shoulders and knees and try to bend the knees while distributing the load throughout the body.
- Try to use machines or forklifts for heavy lifting, do not take the risk of lifting heavy loads just because you can.
Protecting Yourself With A Truck Driver's Insurance
Finally, we suggest that you obtain a truck driver's insurance policy to protect yourself in the event of an injury or damage to your truck. You will be compensated well whether it is hospital bills or vehicle repairs. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, contact us today at (860) 453-0116 or via our website at www.paradisoinsurance.com.