If you are a truck driver for one of Alabama’s numerous transit companies (Alabama Freight, AMX Trucking, Boyd Brothers, Baggett Transportation, BPI Transportation, Malone Freight, Hanna Truck Lines, etc.), or an independent Owner Operator, you aren’t surprised to hear that according to reports issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Center for Disease Control, OSHA and others-Tractor Trailer Truck Driving was listed as the 9th most dangerous job in the U.S. for 2016.
There is much more involved in being a professional truck driver than just driving from point A to point B. Many Over-the-Road Truck Drivers have to assist with the loading and unloading of freight from time to time. Face it, if you have to make a run and there aren’t enough people to get the truck loaded so you can take off-you do what you have to do. Tarps aren’t light. Even so called “No Touch Freight” or “Drop and Hook” jobs cannot claim that their drivers will not have to do some heavy lifting at times. For instance, if you jump the fifth wheel-you have to fix it. If you drive from one State to another and your weight isn’t right-you have to get in the back and shift the weight to make it legal. If you drive to Canada or Mexico-you may be asked to unload your truck for inspection. If your tandems are stuck-you grab a 5-10 pound hammer and go to work. Even if everything goes perfect, you still are required to perform your Pre and Post Trip inspections.
America relies on Over the Road Truck drivers to haul food and merchandise in a timely and cost effective manner, and the rush to get the job done-combined with the rather physical aspects of parts of the job-lead to job injuries.
If you operate a Tractor Trailer, you were hurt on the job and you have questions about your workers’ compensation claim, the Alabama Job Injury attorneys at Powell and Denny would be happy to speak with you and try to answer any questions you may have.
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