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Delivery drivers are at a high risk for on-the-job injury

In a 2014 Time Magazine report, occupations involving delivery came in at number eight on the list of the nation's most dangerous jobs. Des Moines is a large and busy city in which thousands of delivery drivers work. It makes sense to assume that many of these workers have suffered a work-related injury in some capacity.

While workers' compensation exists to pay for an injured Iowa worker's medical bills and to replace lost income, it is better to avoid injury altogether. Of course, this is not always possible, but with measures taken by delivery drivers as well as their employers, it is possible to reduce the risk of injury.

Employer tips

  • Reduce theft-related assault by giving workers signs that say drivers carry limited cash.
  • Consider using vehicle cameras to record incidents and activities.
  • Give your drivers training that will help them avoid injuries related to commercial vehicle accidents, assaults, theft and other hazards.
  • Have someone track your driver's location at all times while on duty with GPS devices.

Employee tips

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and always keep money out of sight.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Try to park as close to your destination as possible, and avoid dark areas.
  • Stay on the lookout for slipping, tripping and falling hazards.
  • Maintain regular contact with your place of work.

On-the-job safety is everyone's responsibility. Maintaining best safety practices keeps workers protected from harm and reduces the amount of workers' compensation claims for employers. Should an injury occur despite safety efforts by all, a workers' compensation attorney can offer sound advice about claims, denials and appeals.

Source: Society Insurance, "24 Tips for Delivery Driver Safety," Jay Van Deurzen, accessed Jan. 25, 2018

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