Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Common injuries for delivery drivers

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2023 | Blog, workers' compensation

On any given day, streets fill with delivery drivers ensuring that packages reach their recipients on time. Behind this seemingly smooth operation, drivers face a range of hazards, resulting in various injuries. CNBC reported that in 2021, one in five delivery drivers suffered injuries on the job.

In this fast-paced industry, understanding the most common injuries can help you maintain your health and well-being on the job.

Musculoskeletal injuries

Musculoskeletal injuries result from the repetitive lifting, twisting and bending that delivery work often requires. You might suffer from sprains, strains or even more severe conditions like herniated discs. Investing in proper training for lifting heavy items and maintaining good posture can prevent these injuries.

Slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents often occur due to poor weather conditions or uneven surfaces. You might slip on ice, trip over a curb or stumble on stairs, resulting in bruises, fractures or concussions. Wearing non-slip footwear and staying mindful of your surroundings can reduce these risks.

Road accidents

As a delivery driver, you spend most of your day on the road. Therefore, the risk of involvement in road accidents remains high. Accidents can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises to broken bones or even life-threatening conditions. Staying vigilant, obeying traffic rules and maintaining your vehicle can help ensure your safety.

Stress and fatigue

Long hours, tight deadlines and high-demand periods like the holiday season can lead to stress and fatigue. You might experience headaches, insomnia or mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Prioritizing adequate rest, practicing stress management techniques and maintaining a balanced diet can alleviate these issues.

Noise-induced hearing loss

Constant exposure to traffic noise, vehicle horns and the noise of loading and unloading can result in noise-induced hearing loss. Regularly wearing noise-canceling headphones and conducting hearing tests can help detect early signs of hearing loss.

Stay safe, remain vigilant and take care of your health. Your health is an integral part of your job.