Commercial drivers should be at the heart of a company’s risk management program. With 80 percent of all goods in America being delivered by truck, their safe, efficient transport is vital to keeping our economy moving.
You may be putting your company at risk by not investing in driver wellness. Numerous studies point to the fact that truck drivers are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and stress. One of the most comprehensive studies to date on long-haul truck driver’s health, the National Survey of Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), reveals disturbing comparisons between truck drivers’ overall health risks versus that of the general population.
• While drivers do receive safety training, companies also ought to consider a driver’s overall health and how it will affect job performance.
• Truck drivers (both light truck and heavy/tractor-trailer) have the highest number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that require days off from work across all occupations in the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
• Driver performance is where health issues can have their most costly consequences, to both your drivers and others on the road.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts life expectancy of a commercial truck driver at 16 years shorter than the national average.
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