A bus driver job may seem like one of the easiest jobs around. However, just because bus drivers sit for the better part of their work does not mean they do not face occupational risks and hazards.
Besides the obvious risk of accidents, bus drivers are also prone to sustaining a range of injuries at work. Additionally, they are susceptible to various occupational hazards.
Here are four common occupational injuries and hazards that bus drivers are likely to encounter at work:
Driving is generally a dangerous undertaking. When you have to operate a big bus and drive to distant destinations through different conditions, you risk getting exhausted and causing an accident. And when an accident happens, the outcome can be devastating.
Thanks to the nature of their job, most bus drivers experience painful aches on the shoulders, back and knees. The driver’s cabin is generally not designed to allow adequate room for stretching while on the road. The resulting stiff posture leads to back and neck aches. Additionally, constant use of leg muscles on the accelerator and brakes lead to wear and tear of the calf and knee ligaments.
The sedentary nature of bus drivers’ jobs makes them susceptible to developing weight-related complications like obesity. Elevated cholesterol levels also lead to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular conditions.
Respiratory and cardiovascular complications
Most diesel-powered buses emit fumes that reach the driver’s cabin when the doors and windows are opened. Extended exposure to these fumes can lead to respiratory complications such as lung damage, bronchitis and asthma.
Bus drivers face a wide range of risks and hazards. Find out how you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim if you are hurt while at work.