Over-the-road. Last mile. Local delivery. Flatbed. Reefer. Tankers. There are lots of different types of truck drivers, but they all have one thing in common: lots and lots of injuries. Unfortunately, research shows that truck drivers are also one of the least healthy populations in the U.S.A. So, no matter what line of trucking you’re in, the potential for injuries is present.
Regardless of whether it’s a private or public warehouse, a distribution center, a cold storage facility or an e-commerce fulfillment center and regardless of the types of goods housed within the facility, one thing all of these organizations have in common is that they have a lot of injuries.
According to BLS statistics, food industry workers had 60 percent higher rate of occupational illness and injury than workers in non-food industries and a lost-time injury rate more than twice as high. A study done by National Employment Law Project found that the poultry industry as a whole has the 12th highest number of severe injuries of all industries reporting ranking above, auto, steel and other high-hazard industries.