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Common causes of bus driver injuries

Driving a bus may be a simple and easy job at times, but it can also be stressful and dangerous. Just because you sit most of the time does not mean you do not deal with workplace hazards. Approximately 5,780 local, state and intercity bus drivers got hurt while working in 2013.

If you suffer an injury while driving a bus, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. But you can reduce the risk of getting hurt by knowing about the most common hazards and safety guidelines. 

Slips, trips and falls

As a bus driver, you may slip, trip or fall because of the following:

  • Wet steps or aisles
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Poor interior lighting

To avoid these accidents, make sure you wear shoes with non-slip soles, clean up any messes and report hazardous conditions to your supervisor.

Overexertion and bodily reaction

Being a bus driver is not always about driving a bus. It also involves various motions such as lifting, twisting, pulling and kneeling. You may also make repetitive motions. These events can lead to a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, from sprains and strains to carpal tunnel syndrome. By taking frequent breaks, utilizing proper ergonomics and requesting assistance when lifting disabled passengers, you can reduce the likelihood of these injuries.

Violent events

While many of your passengers may be polite and friendly, some may be unruly and dangerous. As a bus driver, you are at risk of getting attacked by people and animals while performing your job. Increased security and conflict resolution training can help you avoid receiving an injury from people or their pets. 

Prolonged sitting

Sitting in the driver's seat may seem safe and harmless, but it can lead to physical problems. When you sit for long periods of time, you may deal with pain in your neck, shoulders and lower back. 

Awareness is the first step to being a safer bus driver and avoiding occupational injuries.

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