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4 common occupational injuries for people who drive for a living

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

If you drive as part of your regular job function, you may sustain injuries related to your job.

Your injuries can occur due to an accident or maintaining the same position with little movement for long periods.

1. Lower back injuries

As a driver, you have a high risk of a lower back injury such as a sprain or strain. Driving for long periods requires you to sit in the same position. Sitting can cause you to lose muscle mass and flexibility, increasing your risk for strains. In addition, many driving jobs require you to lift cargo or other items. Lifting can also cause back sprains.

2. Driver’s foot

When you drive, your foot is also in the same position for an extended period. The repeated downward motions you make with your foot, along with tensing the muscles, can lead to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

3. Fall injuries

Many trucks are in elevated positions, requiring you to step down or up into the vehicle. In addition, you may have to carry cargo up a ramp or steps to get it into your truck. You can suffer an injury from falling while getting in and out of your truck or loading cargo.

4. Vehicle crashes

As a driver, you are on the road with other vehicles for most of your workday. You are always at risk of sustaining an injury in an accident.

Drivers face risks with their jobs that some other occupations do not have. If you know about these risks, you can try your best to avoid them.