WorkSafe Victoria reveals truck driver stats

Manual handling and slips, trips and falls are cause for special concern at agency

April 2, 2013

WorkSafe Victoria has released claims statistics to the trucking industry.

These show that during the 2011-2012 financial year, more than 1,300 truck drivers in Victoria made a workers compensation claim, at a total cost of $121 million to the WorkSafe scheme.

Other statistics from the 2012 claims data include:

  • more than half of injuries result in four weeks or more off work at an average cost of $153,000
  • almost one in five injuries were to backs, which represented a quarter of all costs for the truck driver segment ($31 million)
  • more than one in three injuries resulted in a hospital stay at an average cost of around $200,000
  • almost half of injuries were attributable to medium sized organisations
  • older workers present the higher risk for truck drivers with over 40 percent of claimants over the age of 50.

Victorian WorkSafe personnel were out in force at the recent Victorian Transport Aassocation's Sandown Drive Days even
to highlight particular aspects of the figures.

One in three injuries to these claimants involved a manual handling incident.

Hence WorkSafe organised displays at Sandown on some safer loading and unloading practices and equipment.

The second largest cause of claims last year, 340, were due to
slips, trips and falls.

Therefore, at Sandown, WorkSafe advised on safe access to cabins and displayed the new low-floor Mercedes-Benz Econic; and amongst other things even gave tips on stretching before climbing out of a truck after a long trip, when drivers’ legs are sometimes "asleep".

You can read more about the VTA Sandown Drive Days in the upcoming issues of ATN and Owner/Driver

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