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Preventing shoulder injuries in truck drivers

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2021 | Workplace Injuries |

Truck drivers sustain more than 70,000 shoulder injuries each year, which really puts the physical stress of this profession into perspective. Jacking up a trailer requires you to position weighted equipment while using a crank to extend heavy landing gears. These legs enable truck drivers to park a trailer while its tractor, which is the truck engine, is free to detach. The risk of an injury with this equipment is high for drivers in Colorado. The following solutions help truck drivers to prevent shoulder injuries.

Prepping machines and routine checkups

In lawsuits filed for workers’ compensation, professionals who work with heavy machinery, trucks, or in public service must do maintenance on their assigned equipment. You can reduce the potential of shoulder injuries by making sure, for example, that your landing gear cranks are properly lubed. Checking your gear and prepping your equipment reduces your likelihood of being denied future compensation.

Proper posture and mechanics

As for your physical health, it takes patience to maintain the proper posture and confirm that your movements are correct. Being deliberate and moving cautiously can help you to avoid quick errors that can’t be undone. Recent studies show that standing parallel to your crank improves your leverage. This posture reduces overall stress on 16 muscles in the shoulder. The parallel stance lets your upper body weight balance.

Here are some consequences that you might incur without the right posture:

• Tensed and fatigued muscles
• Spinal dysfunction and lower-back pain
• Rounded, hunched shoulders
• Degenerative joint disease and arthritis

Recommended protective gear

A single practice that reduces shoulder injuries is the use of proper protective equipment (PPE). Your PPE is assigned to you or required specifically by law. Workers’ compensation is a cloudy prospect if the plaintiff pursuing damages didn’t use their safety equipment properly. It’s not only sensible to use the right equipment but checking this gear along with your tools is professional.

Many people don’t realize the full scope of physical risks that truck drivers face. By following proper procedures and maintaining all required equipment, you can look forward to a long career in this field. If you do get hurt on the job, you may have some available recourse, but proactively safeguarding your health is a necessary step when filing for workers’ comp.


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