Contrary to popular belief, the chance of a truck driver being injured on the job is a lot more likely to happen by getting in and out of the cab or trailer than as a result of a collision. Fortunately, injuries can be prevented by taking the time to enter and exit safely and correctly.
Exit and entry based injuries are not only the result of slipping or tripping, but also from repeated impact on the body when hopping or jumping from the vehicle. Use this simulation to better understand the impact forces generated on your body when exiting a large truck's cab or trailer. Instructions for how to use the simulation are below. There are two simulations, exiting the cab and exiting the trailer (choose at the top right).
Move your cursor over the red zones for more information. Click on the red zones to chose your method of descending and witness the forces generated by the descent from the level and in the manner you have chosen. You can choose to enter the driver's body weight and whether you want to exit from a conventional cab or a dry van trailer. More information about fall injuries, impact forces and a real life scenario are available by clicking on the links at the bottom of the simulation.
According to workers' compensation injury claim statistics from WorkSafeBC, between 2005 and 2009 there were 69,701 total work days lost by the General Trucking and Moving & Storage industries combined as a result of falls from non-moving vehicles. While harder to define, the impact of the force generated on a driver's body based on jumping or descending improperly from the vehicle can also be a long term issue with very real physical consequences.Simulation courtesy of TIRES