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Shoulder injuries for truck drivers

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2021 | Blog, Trucking Accidents, Workers' Compensation |

Certain occupations in North Carolina carry a potential for specific types of injuries to workers in those industries. One of those occupations with specific common injuries is truck driving, and some of these are shoulder problems. This obviously occurs due to the strain put on the shoulders of drivers while in constant motion, not to mention performing other job-related tasks such as hooking up and releasing trailers from the tractor. Drivers who understand this long-term industry impact typically use some simple safety principles in avoiding the development of shoulder problems.

Proper trailer connecting positioning

One of the most stressful duties for truck drivers is cranking trailers into position for tractor hitch interlock. Standing straight up can allow for usage of the back and leg muscles when cranking a load up or down, which then takes stress away from the shoulders. Many drivers who have not followed this protocol have had to file workers’ compensation claims after being injured.

Driving awareness

Truck drivers actually spend most of their time behind the wheel with their shoulders in constant motion. Even the process of having a grip on the wheel creates stress. While having two hands on the wheel at all times is vital for safety reasons, resting the shoulders as much as possible while driving is a priority as well. This is especially true late in shifts or when on a long haul where an arrival time can be met in one driving shift. Failing to rest the shoulders can easily result in repetitive stress injuries over the years that lead to workers’ compensation claims.

Any truck driver in North Carolina who is suffering from shoulder pain should seek medical attention as soon as possible. A medical diagnosis could easily result in uncovering a developing injury that will manifest later in life. While soreness is not necessarily an injury, there could be an underlying injury creating the pain. Shoulder problems are far too common among professional drivers who have had long careers.