Should an employer request a copy of their driver's medical examination form? How can employers help ensure their drivers are physically fit to perform safety-sensitive duties in-between required physical exams?
Truck drivers tend to have more physical and mental health problems than the average worker due to the nature of the job. They frequently suffer from neck, back, hip, knee and other musculoskeletal injuries due to repeated stress from driving long hours. Additionally, they have higher rates of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and sleep disorders.
However, companies are ultimately responsible for ensuring that they hire and only retain employees who are physically qualified to perform the required duties of a driver. The effect of losing just one driver due to DOT physical disqualifications can be devastating since it takes time and money to replace a dependable, seasoned driver.
Dr. Todd Simo, HireRight's Chief Medical Officer and Managing Director of Transportation explains the extra steps you can take to help ensure your applicants and drivers are medically fit to drive.
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