According to Safety + Health magazine, out of 107 male truck drivers who were surveyed in two separate truck stops in Ontario, Canada, 57 percent reported discomfort or pain at some point in the last 30 days.
In particular, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are seriously impacting truck drivers’ ability to work. A study published by sciencedirect.com reports that these disorders are responsible for nearly 50 percent of workplace illnesses and 25 percent of lost time claims.
Causes of musculoskeletal disorders among truck drivers
The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. This study concluded that all of the contributing factors of MSD in truckers can be modified or prevented. In a press release published by Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems in Ontario last October, the school addressed some of these contributing factors. “Physical exposures such as awkward postures, repetition, lifting, whole body vibration and prolonged sitting, as well as personal factors such as physical fitness and job satisfaction, are known to be associated with the development of [musculoskeletal disorders],” said Philip Bigelow, a professor at the school.
Through simple modifications, the trucking industry can eliminate some of the more serious causes of MSD for truck drivers. If you are experiencing Musculoskeletal pain or disorders, contact your doctor. They can properly diagnose any injuries and prescribe a treatment regimen that is best for you.
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If you are unable to work due to an MSD caused by long hours behind the wheel or another workplace injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation, which is provided by the employer in the event that one of their employees is injured while on the job. After a workplace injury, an Iowa workers’ compensation lawyer can ensure that you get the coverage you need.
Attorney Paul McAndrew knows how devastating a workplace accident can be. Your livelihood could be at risk, putting your family in financial peril. After an accident, you may be worrying about how you are going to pay the mortgage, the bills and keep up with everything else life throws at you. It’s hard to do alone, especially when the system is stacked against you. That’s why Paul McAndrew and his dedicated legal team are here for you. He and his fellow attorneys know how to fight to get you the care and compensation you deserve. If you have been injured, don’t wait.
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