As the holiday season approaches, there’s likely going to be an uptick in the number of packages that need to be delivered. This means that delivery drivers from most services will be busy. However, this isn’t a reason for any employer to allow proper safety protocol fall by the wayside.
Many injuries that delivery drivers face are due to improper body mechanics and incorrect lifting techniques when they’re picking up large or bulky packages. The issue with this is that there are some packages that shouldn’t be handled by one person. Nonetheless, delivery drivers may not have anyone to help them with these packages. It’s also possible that having to lift boxes overhead will also cause injuries.
Another issue that some delivery drivers face is shifting cargo. While they drive, things might move around. This could lead to the driver being struck by something falling and hitting them.
Trips, slips and falls are also an issue. These can be caused by conditions on the homeowner’s property, which might mean that a delivery employee may have a claim against the homeowner instead of having to go through the workers’ compensation process. Some delivery drivers also have to contend with dogs that might bite.
Any delivery driver who suffers an injury on the job needs to seek medical care. They can then learn their legal options. There are cases when workers’ compensation will come in to the picture. In others, a third-party claim might be possible. Discussing your claim with an attorney can help you learn what options are appropriate for your case.