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    Video offers ergo tips for truck drivers

    June 5, 2013

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    Vancouver, British Columbia – The Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia has released a new video highlighting the importance of ergonomic health for truck drivers.

    Truck drivers sit for extended periods of time, which can put stress on a person’s lower back and increase the risk of injury. To help reduce the risk of back injury, the video suggests truck drivers:

    • Recline the seat back to 90 degrees while still being able to safely reach the wheel and controls.
    • Ensure the lower spine has adequate support, using a support device if necessary.
    • Adjust mirrors to ensure they can be seen without slouching or twisting.
    • Take a break to walk around at least every two hours of continuous sitting.
    • Use the steps and keep both hands on the handrails when exiting the vehicle. Jumping out of the cab causes the body to absorb up to 8 times a person’s body weight in force.

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