Top 5 Truck Driving Injuries to Avoid in 2020.
Having a job where you sit down all day doing almost nothing sounds great, right? No risk of injury, unlikely to be involved in any kind of accident, sounds perfect! Sadly, this isn’t what driving a truck for a living is like.
Like any other profession, driving a truck presents its own dangers and chance of injuries. Some you might expect, and some less so. However, in this blog, we will highlight some of those you should be aware of this year. Without further ado, let’s start with:
Tripping and Falling.
Trips and falls might take up 90% of ‘Funny Fails of 2020’ videos, but they can cause serious damage to drivers. Not that trips and falls are only dangerous for drivers, but of course, this blog is focused on truck drivers, so…
Something as small as hurting your knee when jumping out of your cab might not seem like much, but then putting constant pressure on it when pressing the accelerator can cause the injury to worsen. Not to mention how repeatedly doing this will cause more strain and damage to your joints.
Furthermore, trips can be caused by not correctly disposing of things like cable ties and bungee cords – something that’s easily corrected. All in all, be cautious and careful in and around your truck and depots. Taking a little bit of time to climb out of your cab and checking walkways can help limit the number of trips and falls you have this year. The fewer trips and falls you have, the less likely you are to encounter a serious injury.
Sprains, Fractures, Breaks, and Strains.
This may sound like the title of a medical book, but it’s also a very serious point. By climbing in/out of a truck cab, checking equipment, and loading/unloading goods, truck drivers can encounter all sorts of issues. And what starts as a small niggle or tingle can often develop into something more serious if not looked at professionally or treated.
At the end of the day, we’ve all been there. Wearing a support on our wrists because of a strain, thinking “it’s all good, I can still go about my business”. However, you need to look at the bigger picture. If you were to be involved in an accident or collision on the road whilst wearing a support or something similar, your insurance company may find grounds to not support your claim. This then not only effects your business, but your truck, the goods, and you. And with the way 2020 has gone so far, we’d recommend doing all you can to create less stress for yourself and those around you.
As small as they may be, you should speak to your employer about any small sprains or strains you may feel this year before returning to work. It may prove useful to rest for a short amount of time, meaning you’re better in the long run. With regards to breaks and fractures, you should definitely consult a medical expert before returning to work. Continuing to drive with any sort of bone damage can create many unnecessary risks on the road.
Carpal Tunnel (RSI).
Not only can repetitive strain injury affect players of Euro Truck Simulator, but it can also affect drivers on the road. Don’t worry, Euro Truck players, we share your pain!
According to the NHS website for RSI, there are various different forms of this injury, ranging from mild to severe. Mild symptoms can include tingling sensations and aching, whilst severe can include throbbing, weakness, and even numbness. Effecting the upper body of a driver, RSI is most commonly found in either the hands, wrists, arms, or neck, and can become extremely painful if not treated.
First of all, if you think you may have or develop RSI this year, you should speak to your employer. There’s a chance that this has been caused by the activities included in your role or position.
RSI is caused by repeating strenuous activities, high-intensity activities without appropriate rest, and even poor posture. It’s also suggested that low temperatures, vibrations, and stress can increase the risk of a driver getting RSI.
To treat RSI, you’ll want to contact your local GP. They may prescribe paracetamol or a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. But hey, we’re no doctors, you’ll want to speak to them about that!
Accidents or Collisions.
Traffic accidents or collisions happen every day in this country. But what’s the difference between the two? Well, accident suggests that nobody is to blame – thanks Nicholas Angel of the Sandford Police Service for letting us know the difference!
Collisions can refer to several different situations, including your vehicle colliding with another or the goods your transporting colliding someone. Due to the weight of what you’re transporting, collisions of any kind can cause serious damage. Both to a person, or the goods you’re transporting.
Of course, if you’re completed your driver CPC training, you’ll drive safely. However, on the road, there will always be variables that are out of your control, and there’s always a chance that reckless drivers will create dangerous situations. This means that, big or small, there will always be a chance that your vehicle will be involved in a traffic collision. Therefore, the best course of action is to always carry a first aid kit, breakdown kit, and other safety equipment in your truck or cab. If a collision or accident does occur, call the appropriate number for an emergency service or other similar service, and follow the correct protocol.
No, this isn’t a pain that you share with another driver.
Knees, wrists, ankles, necks, all of these joints are at risk of injury if the correct measures aren’t taken. Now we’re not suggesting you must wear kneepads and a neck brace every time you set out for the road but conducting yourself properly can help prevent any potential injury or damage.
Driving might seem standard and somewhat easy to an outsider – after all, you’re sitting down for 90% of the time, right? Well, you’d be right to some degree. However, because of this, you need to make sure you exercise and stretch at every opportunity you can. If you don’t, your joints and muscles can become weak, increasing the chance of damage or strain when put to use.
Of course, there’s every chance that your joint pain could be RSI, so it’s important to seek the advice of a medical professional as soon as possible.
Please acknowledge that this list is far from complete, and does not include every injury a truck driver may encounter this year. However, we decided to highlight these as the most common and biggest ones to avoid. Understanding these before you next set out on the road will help you to combat and avoid these, should you encounter them on your next journey.
Think we’ve missed any? Let us know in the comments below this blog!
As always, you can check out more of our blogs right here, and if you’re looking for more information on how to obtain your Driver CPC qualification, click here. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the road!