• Dec
    11
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Tis The Season For Delivery Driver Injuries

    When the holidays roll around, consumers look at delivery trucks as another version of Santa’s sleigh, delivery gifts and joy. For delivery drivers, the season is a mixed bag, as they are likely to find pleased recipients (and maybe even holiday tips) but are just as likely to find people who are stressed at delays that are not the driver’s fault. The other problem that delivery drivers face is an increased risk of injuries based upon the sheer volume of packages that they are handling.  Delivery drivers face several risks, including truck accidents resulting in strained or sprained muscles, broken bones and more; delivery driver injuries from loading or unloading trucks; slip and fall accidents coming from entering and exiting trucks or walking on slippery walkways, or repetitive stress injuries. There is also the risk of neck and back pain from sitting behind the wheel for extended periods of time, and of being the victim of a robbery.

    To cut down on the risk of injury, delivery drivers can take several steps to protect themselves, including:

    • Use caution when operating your vehicle and practice defensive driving techniques. Follow all posted speed limits and road signs.
    • Be familiar with the area where you are delivering, taking extra time to make sure of your route.
    • Use carts and dollies to move heavy equipment.
    • Keep your eyes open for hazards and slippery floors, and make sure you’re wearing footwear with good traction.
    • Keep cash out of sight and restrict the amount of cash that you carry yourself or keep in the delivery vehicle.
    • Only deliver to valid addresses.
    • Stay in well-lit areas and do not deliver to hotel rooms. Deliver to the main desk or receiving area of all multi-occupant buildings.

    Delivery driver work can be very rewarding, but it can also be dangerous. If you are injured on the job, whether during the holidays or at any other time of year, you may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer, who will provide payment for any medical care that you need, as well as for a portion of the wages that you lose while you are rehabilitating. For information about your rights if you have suffered this type of injury, contact us today to set up an appointment.

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