Not too long ago, we posted a blog about the importance of ergonomics at the office. Sitting for long periods of time can be very strenuous on the body. That is why ergonomics are especially important for truck drivers. They are constantly driving and they have very few opportunities to get up and stretch their backs.
Truck drivers also endure physical stress from securing large loads and from handling freight. This constant stress can be very harmful to a person’s back. However, ergonomics can significantly help reduce the tension on the body.
Tips while driving:
• Have your seat adjusted so that your knees are not higher than your hips
• Recline your seat past 90 degrees and then use lumbar support
• Have your air ride adjusted to protect the seat from bottoming out
• Make sure you can comfortably reach the pedals without moving away from your seating position
• Have your steering wheel adjusted so that you can keep your elbows close to your sides
• Have your mirrors properly adjusted
• Every half an hour to an hour you should change your seating position
Tips while load handling:
• Try to walk or stretch whenever you get a break
• Never jump down from the cab—instead use the rails to climb down
• When lifting, avoid twisting or jerking motions
• Try not to go right from sitting for a long period to lifting a load
Remember these tips next time you or somebody you know leaves for a trucking trip. Even if you are not a truck driver you can still keep these tips in mind while driving or handling heavy items.