Bad back and shoulder

Truckervlad

Member
In the Navy I suffered a bad back and shoulder injury. Right now I am alot better thanks to physical rehab but the only thing I cannot do alot of constant lifting.

What trucking jobs should I avoid? The occasional lift is fine but if I were to unload a truck for a company as Sysco I wouldn't be able to do it.
 

AllabouttheBS

trump hating member of the john birch society
Supporter
All the dry van companies will tell you if they are no touch freight. What you want to avoid of the companies that deliver to Dollar general and Dollar tree you also don't want to deliver food to restaurants they call those fingerprint loads because you have to touch everything to get it off the truck
 

ironpony

Professional Pot-Stirrer
Supporter
In the Navy I suffered a bad back and shoulder injury. Right now I am alot better thanks to physical rehab but the only thing I cannot do alot of constant lifting.

What trucking jobs should I avoid? The occasional lift is fine but if I were to unload a truck for a company as Sysco I wouldn't be able to do it.
Look for jobs that say "no touch freight," and make sure they reimburse for lumper payments - lumpers are the guys who do the unloading. You're still going to have to be able to get in the trailer and underneath it to do your job, lift the hood of the truck. If you truck in cold weather states, you'll need to be able to throw tire chains - ask about company policies on chaining in cold weather.

Make sure you have your Navy medical records available! You may have to produce them in order to pass the employment physical.
 

Rigjockey

In Gord we trust!
Supporter
You will want to avoid LTL (Less Than Load) companies. They tend to be more driver assist.
Look for companies that specialise in FL Full loads. They definitely deliver to places with a forklift or clamp truck
 
Last edited:

Adk Bob

Member
In the Navy I suffered a bad back and shoulder injury. Right now I am alot better thanks to physical rehab but the only thing I cannot do alot of constant lifting.

What trucking jobs should I avoid? The occasional lift is fine but if I were to unload a truck for a company as Sysco I wouldn't be able to do it.
Avoid LTL, flat bed and touch freight accounts. I too have shoulder issues. I'm on a dedicated Target store account for Schneider. Every run includes a double drop and hook. I don't ever touch freight or even climb into trailers. Some landing gear cranks are very hard to turn. But, after a couple Advil and the ride home I'm fine. Some could be very challenging if you have back problems. Schneider also has dedicated Tractor Supply accounts on which you'll have to broom out the trailer.

I'd recommend you try to crank as many landing gear as you can. It would be a shame to put all that time, cost and effort into getting your CDL just to find out on your first run that your body can't take it.

Good luck to you!
 
Top