Best practices for cranking a landing gear.           Shoulder rotator cuff injuries are top safety concerns among truck drivers. A new study in the journal Applied Ergonomics presents helpful insights into how the cranking of landing gear impacts truck drivers’ shoulder conditions. The study used a cranking simulator and motion tracking system to observe the biomechanical effects of cranking landing gear on the shoulder joints of research participants. To reduce shoulder overexertion injuries, researchers suggested the following best practices:

  • when lowering the landing gear the driver should stand facing the trailer.
  • when raising the landing gear the driver should stand and crank parallel to the trailer.

The study can be accessed at the ScienceDirect website.

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