A number of trucking companies have added a new requirement for new hires—a lower BMI.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and it’s a tool used to determine how much a person “should” weigh and then seeing how close to an ideal weight the person is. This measurement is being used more frequently in the trucking industry. And while there are currently no federal mandates for truck driver BMI, that day may come.
What’s the Big Deal About Big Drivers?
When a person, regardless of their occupation, is obese, it puts them at a significantly higher risk of the following diseases and conditions:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
Any one of these conditions can make driving dangerous. For example, if a trucker suffers from a heart attack while driving, there is a good chance he will cause a serious accident. Sleep apnea is another hot topic in the trucking industry, as it causes the sufferer to remain sleepy, diminishing attentiveness and increasing the risk of the driver falling asleep at the wheel.
This is why so many companies are going above and beyond the current regulations, offering weight loss incentive programs for current drivers and not hiring those who are already obese.
Our Allegheny County, Pa. 18-wheeler accident lawyers are glad to see that so many drivers and trucking companies are taking the obesity epidemic among truckers seriously. Hopefully more will follow suit, creating a safer, thinner workforce.