Every part of a tow truck operatorâ€™s musculoskeletal system is at risk of suffering from repeated microtrauma. This job requires repetitive bending, reaching, twisting, stooping and kneeling, lifting, pushing and pulling, and medium-to-heavy physical exertion from a myriad of awkward postures. Whether itâ€™s putting together the wheel assembly, jacking up half the weight of a stranded vehicle, strapping the wheels, hooking up safety chains, jumping in and out of the truck cab (under time pressure; often on rough and uneven surfaces), or just bumping along the road and suffering from over-the-road vibrations, the work is hard on their bodies. The physical toll on the tow truck operatorâ€™s body is unquestionable.
Washingtonâ€™s Industrial Insurance Act defines an Industrial Injury in RCW 51.08.100 as â€śa sudden and tangible happening, of a traumatic nature, producing an immediate or prompt result, and occurring from without, and such physical conditions as result therefrom.â€ťContinue Reading Are Tow Truck Operators More Prone to Occupational Disease?