Injury prevention tips for truck drivers

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Injury prevention tips for truck drivers



Driving requires a lot of focus. Sometimes the rough terrain can make the driving experience hard for the driver, even leading to accidents or injuries. Truck drivers have the propensity to focus a lot of their attention on how they can reduce their risks on the road. But, did you know that the roads are not the only areas where a light or heavy truck driver can get injured? Yes, this is true. There are some cases when a truck driver can face danger when their vehicle isn’t even moving.

Here are our top five suggestions for preventing truck driver fatalities that you can easily follow into your everyday routine.

5 tips for avoiding common truck driver injuries

1.     Buy the right kind of footwear

Due to the consistent movement of truck drivers like strolling around shipping yards, climbing in and out of their vehicle or just driving, investing in a good pair of work boots is essential. In a simple way, it will help them to prevent accidents. And, the best kind of top-end work boots to avoid injuries is those:


       Are waterproof and oil-resistant

       With leather uppers

       Include a composite or steel toe (if required for your driving job)

       Sold with slip-resistant soles


When working in extremely cold weather, it's necessary to attach ice cleats to your boots.


2.     Use three points of contact when climbing in and out of the truck

The most common way a heavy or light truck driver can suffer from injuries is by slipping and falling. Hence, to prevent such situations from happening, following the “three points of contact” rule is vital.

For a secure vehicle entry or exit, obeying the three points of contact rule is the correct procedure. This rule is concerned with supporting your body properly by making contact with the truck in three spots constantly. Three points of contact can contain:

       One hand and two feet

       Two hands and one foot


3.     Don’t jump off anything

Each time you leap, your lower back and joints must take a force that is equal to 12 times your body weight. You not only face the risk of landing the wrong way and harming yourself but also the possibility of getting joint damage over a period of time. Therefore, when exiting and moving inside the trailer truck or leaving a customer site, make sure to use the stairs or ladders if offered.


4.     Pay attention to your surroundings

It is quite a natural feeling to move as fast as possible when you are planning a trip, walking into a customer location or performing your CDL pre-trip inspections. However, being in a rush to complete your tasks can sometimes lead to accidents.


Therefore, finish your day-to-day jobs at a controlled pace as it will give you more time to think and prioritize things. Furthermore, observe your surroundings carefully and keep an eye out for any potential hazards. Maintaining a measured pace gives you a better opportunity to:


       Dodge oil spots

       Avoid puddles

       Observing uneven ground

       Prevent any unexpected dangers that could bring injury


5.     Be cautious when opening truck doors


A light or haulage truck driver must follow a safety procedure to check for shifted freight when opening the doors of their vehicle. This process includes the following steps:




     Position yourself behind the trailer's left-side door

     Inspect for pressure from dropped or moved cargo by pressing on the right-side door

     Lift the right-side door just a little bit and examine again whether there is no suction

     If the cargo has relocated, lock the door and call for assistance

     Let the cargo fall out and drop if you have already opened the door. Don’t make an attempt to catch it

Apart from following the above-mentioned tips, eat well and take a lot of rest to prevent yourself from suffering injuries as not maintaining a healthy lifestyle can make you sick or weak, leading to injuries.




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