Among other things, 2020 has been the year of ordering things online for quick in-home delivery. During the holiday season, online gift shopping has joined buying groceries, clothing and other necessities for home delivery. Thus, delivery drivers around Milwaukee have been busier than perhaps ever before. Most delivery services, like Amazon, have hired extra drivers to deal with the demand.
Delivery driving is an unusual job in that the worker does not do their job at a specific location. While they may pick up their deliveries at a particular depot or warehouse, they travel along their route to the homes and businesses that ordered the items. This exposes delivery drivers to two ways of suffering an on-the-job injury: truck accidents and injuries suffered on foot. And indications are that delivery drivers are suffering more injuries this holiday season.
Any vehicle on the road can get into an accident. Delivery drivers, who spend most of their day driving, may be more at risk of a serious crash. This is especially true around the holidays when icy Wisconsin streets (in Milwaukee, Waukesha, or elsewhere) can increase the risk. As with any auto accident victim, delivery drivers can get seriously injured to the point that they will have to miss work while recovering.
Hand delivering packages
Once a driver reaches their delivery site, they must bring the packages to the customer. For workers who deliver heavy boxes, groceries, and so on can be at risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Then there is the danger of falls on uneven or slick sidewalks or pavement, broken or ice-covered stairs, or wet floors. For people who deliver relatively small items (like restaurant takeout), repetitive lifting and carrying over time can also create an issue (occupational exposure injuries are just as real as traumatic injuries in workers’ compensation).
Many delivery drivers, especially for larger delivery companies (i.e. Amazon), may be employed through a separate contract company–meaning the work comp claim is through that separate employer if they get hurt at work. If you are not sure if you can claim workers’ comp, consider speaking with an attorney who practices workers’ compensation law.