2009-01-09 Musculoskeletal injuries for truck drivers

Safety Alert Type: 
Log Hauling
Northern BC
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Musculoskeletal injuries (sprains, strains, pulled muscles) are an ongoing problem for truck drivers; particularly in the colder months. After driving a considerable distance in the comfort of a warm truck, the driver will arrive at the load or unload site, exit his truck and immediately start the process of loading or unloading without first limbering up for the task.

Loading and unloading most often involves considerable physical effort and very often can result in a sprain, sprain or pulled muscle because the driver has not prepared himself properly for the task. The end result can be a couple of days off the job accompanied by a smaller paycheque.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Before starting to load or unload, particularly after driving for a considerable time, perform some simple exercises to limber up and prepare the muscles for the job at hand. A short jog, rotating the arms, performing a few squats can all be done in a short period of time and will go a long way in preventing these annoying injuries.

For more information on this submitted alert: 

 Dale Presley @ 250-561-1000

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