Trucking companies and truck drivers alike are aware of just how dangerous the nation’s roadways can be.
Unfortunately, even with advanced safety measures in place, there are times when a truck driver is involved in an accident. While this doesn’t always lead to injury or death, there are times when the accident is serious enough to keep the trucker off the road for an extended period of time.
Along the same lines, an accident isn’t the only cause of trucker injury.
According to a recent article published by Trucks.com, citing data shared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “tractor-trailer truck drivers take more time off work for job-related injuries than almost any other job in the country.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that truckers miss a median of 22 days per year for work related injuries and illnesses. As noted above, this is more than almost every other job, with the exception of pipefitters, plumbers, and steamfitters.
It goes deeper than that. Not only are truck drivers taking off more time due to injury or illness, but these professionals get hurt or become sick on the job more often than most others. Here are some statistics that will open your eyes:
- The annual incident rate for non-fatal illnesses and injuries is 307.5 per 10,000 people.
- The annual incident rate for non-fatal illnesses and injuries for all other workers in the United states is 104 per 10,000 people.
There are many reasons for job related injuries among truckers, including the fact that they spend a lot of time away from home and are faced with extreme physical demands on a daily basis.
In the same Trucks.com article, the vice president of public affairs for the American Trucking Association also shared the following:
“The average age of a truck driver is 49, while the average age of the entire workforce is 42, so an older labor pool can lead to the need for more days off.”
With all this in mind, trucking companies are faced with more challenges than ever before. Even with one eye on profits at all times, employers must also pay attention to the overall health and well being of its drivers.