Delivery truck drivers often work long, demanding hours on a tight schedule. In addition to dealing with potentially hazardous traffic and road conditions, drivers may need to handle heavy, awkward cargo on a routine basis.
Unfortunately, the nature of the job also means that delivery drivers often risk physical harm. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, light truck drivers are among the most frequently injured workers in any occupation.
According to the National Safety Council, overexertion is one of the top causes of workplace injuries across industries. However, delivery drivers may be especially at risk due to the need to repeatedly lift, carry and maneuver potentially heavy and awkward packages or other cargo. This can lead to severe damage to the neck, shoulders, knees and spine.
Auto collision injuries
Being on the road at all hours also means that light truck drivers are at a higher risk of experiencing an auto collision, especially if others on the road are distracted, reckless or intoxicated.
Injuries due to unsafe premises
Whether visiting commercial buildings or residences, delivery workers also frequently encounter premises that could pose hidden dangers. In addition to broken or uneven walkways, ice, snow and other debris, pets can cause severe injury to drivers if left unsecured.
Like other Connecticut workers, delivery drivers who experience a debilitating injury on the job may be able to receive needed compensation for medical bills and lost income by filing a workers’ compensation claim. If a third party was responsible, such as a negligent driver or homeowner, an injured employee may be able to receive additional compensation by filing a personal injury claim.