Any trucker can tell you that driving is just one part of the job. Most truck drivers also spend a considerable part of their time loading and unloading vehicles, and, all too often, they suffer back injuries as a result of their labors.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to load trucks, and knowing the difference can help truck drivers avoid injuries that can put them out of work. About 35 percent of all injuries suffered by tractor trailer drivers are related to overexertion and bodily reaction, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forty-one percent of all injuries to delivery truck drivers resulted from overexertion and bodily reaction.
Truck drivers can reduce their chance of injury and load trucks more efficiently by following a few simple tips:
- Get help for items that are too large – If a load is too large for you to comfortably lift on your own, be sure to have tools like dollies on hand or ask another person to help.
- Lift with your knees – When picking up and setting down items, bend your knees, not your waist.
- Use good posture – When lifting, try to keep your back as straight as possible. Avoid arching your back.
- Use good footwork – When lifting, stand close to the item you’re picking up and keep your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Take it easy – When lifting heavy objects, use slow and steady movements. Moving a little slower won’t slow you as much as having to stop because you’ve overexerted yourself will.
- Load large items first – This helps you to ensure you have sufficient room for everything you need to load. It’s much easier to rearrange smaller items at the end of loading than having to try to make room for a large item.
By utilizing these best practices, you can load and unload your truck more efficiently and reduce your risk of injury.
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Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road, sitting behind the wheels of their rigs. Sitting for extended periods in semi-truck seats slows down our metabolism and makes it harder for the body to burn calories and fat. Boosting your metabolism requires exercising while on the road. There are several simple exercises you can do without any fitness equipment whatsoever. Plus, you do not need a national fitness membership to fit in your workouts.
- Sit-Ups/Push-Ups – Utilize various exterior areas to do sit-ups and push-ups, like walking trails at rest stops and the pushing up off the front bumper of your truck.
- Walk/Jog – Use the parking lot at truck stops, rest areas or at deliveries. If you are done for the day or are waiting for your truck to be unloaded or loaded, take a few laps around the parking lot.
- Abdominal Crunches – Squeeze your abdominal (stomach) muscles together and tighten them as far as you can. Hold them in this position for as long as possible and repeat. This exercise is a great way to pass the time while driving down the road.
- Hand and Wrist Stretches – Every so often, rotate your wrists in full circles, going in clockwise and counterclockwise directions, and flex and stretch your fingers to help keep them limber.
- Shoulder Rotations – Rotate the shoulders slowly in a circular motion. As you tighten up the back muscles, hold this position for about ten seconds, release, and repeat. This exercise is great for releasing tension and helps strengthen the upper back, neck, and shoulder muscles groups.
The key to exercising while on the road is doing what works for you and sticking with it. It is important to spend at least a full fifteen minutes of continuous exercise each day to help burn calories and fat. Exercising can improve your energy levels, as well as your overall health and well-being.
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Regular passenger vehicles are far more likely to be involved in an accident, but the large size and heavy loads carried by big trucks increase the likelihood that there will be serious injury and damage caused. Without commercial truck safety equipment, these factors limit truck drivers’ control, sometimes putting their own lives and those of other drivers at risk.
The right equipment can go a long way toward ensuring truck driver safety and reducing the possibility that they will be in an accident. Here are seven of the most important safety accessories that should be in every truck:
The Top 7 Safety Accessories Truck Drivers Need:
- Cameras – Cameras are essential commercial truck accessories for truck drivers who are always vulnerable to blind spots. Backup cameras eliminate guesswork, and dash cams provide an accurate video record of any accidents. The newest technology from Brigade Electronics allows truckers to install cameras where they are needed and to use the twin camera screen splitter to view two angles at all times.
- LCD Monitors – Your monitor displays what your camera captures so you know when something is in your blind spot. Suburban Seating and Safety carries a variety of the best LCD monitors, including those with waterproof, shock-resistant, and multi-image features.
- Heated Mirrors – Visibility in all situations is critical to safety, and mirrors that are fogged, frosted, or iced up are useless. Our collection of heated mirrors stays clear of ice and includes motorized models that can rotate a full 360° for the ultimate in visibility, no matter the weather.
- Road Watch Sensor Bullet – Truck drivers must go where their job takes them, and that often means driving in all types of weather conditions. To improve truck driver safety in changing weather, the Road Watch Bullet accurately monitors and displays the actual outside air and road surface temperature at highway speed. This keeps the driver aware of rapidly changing conditions and the likelihood of black ice developing on the pavement.
- New Seat Belts – Safety belts are essential kinds of truck driver safety equipment that are too often overlooked when upgrading to more modern and effective gear. A three-point safety belt holds the driver in from the waist up instead of putting all of the pressure on the waist during a forceful stop. Worn, malfunctioning, or uncomfortable seat belts can fail under stress or—worse yet—not be worn consistently. Replacing your seat belt with one that is easy and comfortable to wear makes sure it is there when you need it.
- RAM Mounts Universal No-Drill™ Mounts – The cameras, tablets, monitors, and laptops that are bringing driver safety and route planning into the future all need to be mounted safely and held securely during travel. These RAM mounts feature a ball and socket joint, telescoping feature, and articulated arm, making them one of the best commercial truck accessories for the tech-savvy driver.
- Roadwatch Tracker System – With GPS location in real time and tracking of vehicle speed, idle times, and route variations, the Roadwatch Tracker System improves efficiency by saving fuel and freeing up drivers from manual check-ins. The system reports important vehicle and location data in emergency situations, getting the right help to drivers sooner.
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