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Shoulder injuries suffered by truck drivers

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

A truck driver may operate a vehicle for many years without ever getting into an accident or suffering from collision-induced injuries. However, a trucker’s job could lead to problems derived from regular performance and duties. Cranking a rig trailer might lead to shoulder problems, although some techniques might cut down on the severity. Even so, some Connecticut truckers may experience problems that make medical attention and surgery unavoidable.

Cranking duties and shoulder injuries

Cranking refers to using a lever on the truck to raise or lower the vehicle’s trailer. Raising and lowering the trailer allows for more effortless loading and unloading. The laws of physics allow someone to use a simple engineering tool to affect heavy trailers without much strength.

Still, the shoulder muscles deal with the repetitive stress of operating a landing gear crank. Several muscles factor into cranking the lever, creating a potential problem: the shoulder might wear down over time. Research suggests that standing parallel to the crank could reduce problems since the operator could engage more muscles and utilize full body strength. Not everyone knows how to do this, though.

Injuries and cranking the trailer

Repetitive motion injuries may result in a worker discovering soreness, and injuries worsen over time gradually. Acute injuries might happen, as well. A trucker may operate a crank, and something goes wrong, leading to a dislocated shoulder.

Truck driver injuries may happen in other ways, including back sprains from loading things on the truck. Even if the driver rarely carries heavy loads personally, it might take only one instance for an injury to occur. The driver might then file a workers’ compensation claim to receive financial support while recovering.

Workers’ compensation claims must be filed timely and correctly. Otherwise, an initial denial could result.