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Common injuries to delivery truck drivers

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | Workplace Injuries |

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for delivery drivers will increase by 10% from 2022 to 2032. With more people entering this field, it becomes important to make sure the workers are aware of and prepare for the potential dangers on the job.

Delivery truck drivers face a unique set of challenges on the job. From navigating traffic to ensuring timely deliveries, the demands of the profession are considerable.

Musculoskeletal injuries

Delivery truck drivers spend their days lifting and loading packages of varying sizes and weights. The constant repetition of these tasks can lead to overexertion and strain on the muscles, particularly in the shoulders and back.

The strain on the shoulder muscles and joints can lead to conditions such as tendonitis or rotator cuff injuries. Over time, the cumulative effect of these repetitive motions can result in chronic pain and decreased range of motion.

The constant bending, lifting and twisting involved in handling packages can lead to strains on the lower back. Drivers may experience conditions such as herniated discs or lumbar strain, impacting their ability to perform daily tasks both on and off the job.


Injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls are not uncommon in this profession. Not only are drivers rushing to get packages to customers promptly, but weather conditions can add to dangerous conditions. A slippery porch or uneven walkway is a recipe for a fall.

Auto accidents

From navigating busy urban streets to traversing rural roads, delivery drivers are constantly at risk of accidents. Collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians or even animals can result in serious injuries. Moreover, the time pressure to meet delivery deadlines adds another layer of stress. Long hours behind the wheel can lead to fatigue, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

Stress-related issues

Dealing with tight schedules, traffic congestion and customer expectations can be mentally draining. Stress-related health issues, such as anxiety and high blood pressure, can impact a driver’s overall well-being.

Preventing these injuries requires a multifaceted approach. Employers should provide proper safety training and implement policies and procedures to make the job safer. Drivers should follow safety training and make sure they report any issues that could lead to injuries. By working together, it is possible to ensure that these essential workers can perform their duties without compromising their long-term health.