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Moving it Forward: Health and the Commercial Driver

Most of us seldom, if ever pause to think of the many health issues facing today’s professional truck drivers.  According to the latest news release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck driving is the seventh most dangerous occupation in the country with a work related fatality rate of 22 per 100,000 workers through the 2013 reporting period.  That’s 7% lower than the previous year, however the report does go on to state this number is likely to rise when all information gathering is completed for the period. The data for 2014 will be available in September of this year; it will be interesting to compare the data from 2014 and 2013. These statistics should not be too surprising, given the fact that over-the-road drivers are allowed by law to work 14 hour days, of which they can, and most often do, drive 11 hours.  To continue reading click here.