According to researchers at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario Canada 3 out of 5 truck drivers suffer musculoskeletal pain or discomfort while on the job.
Researchers surveyed 107 male drivers at 2 truck stops in southern Ontario, obtaining physical, individual and organisational information.
Of the drivers surveyed, 61 (57%) reported feeling pain or discomfort in the 30 days prior.
According to experts, physical exposures such as awkward postures, repetition, lifting, whole body vibration and prolonged sitting, as well as personal factors such as physical fitness and job satisfaction are to blame, which explains why truck drivers are at risk.
Operators and employers should take this risk into account and find ways to improve truck drivers working conditions.