The trucking industry faces an employee shortage that rises to crisis levels. Here’s how that puts you at greater risk when you drive.
Driving a truck (of any kind) for a living is the seventh most dangerous profession, leading to 24.7 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2016.
918 truck drivers lost their lives in 2016, while 80,180 experienced “nonfatal” injuries, says a USA Today article.
Of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, truck-driving employs the most workers at around 3 million.
“Overexertion and bodily reaction” are the most common causes of accidents.
And, analysts believe companies are short 60,000 – 100,000 drivers, which could triple by 2026. This has prompted the proposal of the Drive-SAFE Act in Congress, which aims to lower the legal age to drive trucks to 18 (from 21).
Why the shortage?
Working and lifestyle conditions. Truck drivers have to sit for long hours, which gets hard on your body. They don’t see […]