While being a delivery driver isn’t considered the most dangerous job in the world, it definitely comes with its own set of risks. Most of the time, delivery drivers are operating large trucks or refrigerated vehicles that are heavier than your everyday sedan, and tie that in with the fatigue that comes with being on the road for the majority of the day, and the risks begin to add up.
Being motor vehicle accident compensation experts, Revolution Law has seen everything you can imagine in terms of car and truck accidents, and what causes them. Below are some tips for delivery drivers to keep you safe.
Practice Safe Lifting Techniques
Delivery drivers do a lot of repetitive lifting. Some light, some not so light. This is why it is imperative that you always use proper lifting techniques.
- Always keep a wide base of support. Feet should be shoulder-width apart with one foot slightly in front of the other. This gives you a solid foundation from the start.
- Squat down. Ensure you are bending at the knees and hips only. DO NOT LIFT WITH YOUR BACK!
- Maintain good posture. Ensure you look straight ahead while keeping your back straight, chest out and shoulders back. This enables you to keep a straight upper back with a slight arch in your lower back.
- Lift slowly and hold the load close. Ensure you lift the load by straightening your hips and knees while keeping your back straight. Hold the load at level with your belly button and as close to your body as possible. DO NOT TWIST AS YOU LIFT.
- Lead with your hips. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips and use your feet to change direction, taking small steps.
- Set down the load carefully. Ensure you are squatting with the knees and hips only.
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
As a delivery driver, it is imperative that you are always aware of your surroundings. Given the amount of repetitive heavy lifting that is sometimes necessary for a delivery driver, having even a small crack in the sidewalk can cause a serious accident.
Before you deliver your load to the desired destination, do a quick walk by to ensure that there is nothing in your path when you are carrying the load.
Delivery drivers spend the majority of their workweek on the road and tend to be behind the wheel of large vehicles; it’s extremely important that safe driving should be at the front of your mind. Some points to remember are:
- Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Always follow the road rules, including the speed limit.
- Don’t succumb to driver fatigue. If you feel that you are losing focus and becoming a bit drowsy, pull over and have a break.
What Should You Do if You Have Been Injured as a Delivery Driver?
If you have been injured while working as a delivery driver, you may be entitled to a Workers Compensation claim. Contact our expert workers compensation lawyers today to discuss your options.