The Trucking Fitness Company:

Helping Trucking Companies Enable Their Drivers To Take Control Of Their Health.

Statistics on drivers' health that is killing your bottom line

Workers' Compensation

  • 2nd highest number of private industry occupational injuries in the U.S. (5)
  • Average time lost per claim for truck drivers is 3.4 weeks (6)
  • With every claim, your company loses around $10,000-$17,000 worth of revenue, not including medical cost and wage reimbursement (5,6,7)

Obesity

  • 48% of truck drivers are obese (2)
  • Obese drivers spend $1500/year more on health care —~41% more than drivers of average weight (8)
  • For every 100 drivers, you’re spending an extra $72,000 per year on health care cost strictly due to their weight (2,8)
  • Obese drivers file 2x as many claims as those who are not obese and miss 13 more days of work per year due to injuries (9)
  • Obese drivers’ medical claims cost 7x more expensive than those who are not obese (9)
  • Obesity is associated with sleep problems such as obstructive sleep apnea that roughly 2x driver’s crash risk (10)

Diabetes

  • 1 in 7 truck drivers have type 2 diabetes (3)
  • Drivers with diagnosed diabetes spend 2.3x more on medical expenses per year than those who are not diabetic (11)
  • Average medical expenditures of drivers with diabetes is $16,500/year, of which about $9,600 is attributed to diabetes (11) 
  • For every 100 drivers, you’re spending an extra $134,000/year on medical expenses because of diabetes (3,11)

Driver Turnover

  • Average turnover cost per driver ≈ $8,000 (12)
    • Advertising, staff wages, recruitment/orientation costs, training, etc
  • In 2018, ATA estimated the driver shortage to be 60,800 drivers and by 2028 will be over 160,000 truck drivers (13)
  • Engaged drivers = less turnover & better company culture

Healthcare Services

  • For every 100 drivers, your company will have ~35-45 Emergency Department (ED) visits per year (14)
  • Average cost per ED visit = $1,389 (15) 
  • 13% of ED visits result in hospital admission (14)
  • Average cost per hospital stay = $15,734 (16) 
  • Wellness programs can decrease hospital admissions by 30% (17)
  • 30% of ED visits among drivers with common chronic conditions are preventable (18)

Your company is leaving money on the table because of your driver's health.

The Trucking Fitness Company helps truck drivers exercise consistently while on the road so they stay behind the wheel longer and create more value for their company.

Sources

  1. Predictors of Intentions to Make Healthier Eating Choices among Midwestern Truck Drivers by Yen et al.

  2. Truck Drivers: The Relationship between demographics and discomfort by Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions

  3. Obesity and other risk factors: The National Survey of U.S. Long-Haul Truck Drivers Health and Injury by Sieberet et al

  4. Obesity Prevalence by Occupation in Washington State, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System by Bonauto et al

  5. Employer-Reported Workplace Injury and Illnesses, 2019 by U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

  6. Work-related injury and disease in Australian road transport workers: A retrospective population based cohort study by Xia et al

  7. Why net revenue per truck per week is a key metric by Chris Henry

  8. Study Estimates Medical Cost of Obesity May Be As High as $147 Billion Annually by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  9. Ostbye T, Dement JM, Krause KM. Obesity and workers’ compensation: results from the Duke Health and Safety Surveillance System. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Apr 23;167(8):766-73. doi: 10.1001/archinte.167.8.766. PMID: 17452538.

  10. Weight Control Intervention for truck drivers: the SHIFT randomized controlled trial, United States by Olsen et al

  11. The Cost of Diabetes by American Diabetes Association

  12. The Costs of Truckload Driver Turnover by Rodriguez et al

  13. An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking: 2020 Update by the American Transportation Research Institute

  14. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2017 Emergency Department Summary Tables by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Center for Health Statistics

  15. Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade by Kenneth Alltuckerat The Health Care Cost Institute

  16. Hospital and Surgery Costs by Bill Fay

  17. RAND Corporation. Do Workplace Wellness Programs Save Employers Money? Accessed February 8, 2019. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9744.html

  18. Unnecessary ED visits from chronically ill patients cost $8.3 billion by Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists