Work while injured?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Nevermore1, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Nevermore1

    Nevermore1 Member

    I have a question regarding injuries and work. My husband is a Feeder driver and developed a stress fracture of his left foot. The Dr has put him in a boot and says he is fine to work so long as he can drive an automatic. At this point it looks like UPS is saying he can't work. I understand being concerned about him driving but isn't it possible to get alternative work in the building? The injury was most likely caused from using the clutch while driving at work but it's obviously not something that is easily proved. Any insight or recommendations?
     
  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    You cant prove how he got hurt so I would say your SOL. So now I assume he is on disability from a non work related injury so they won't do anything.


    ....how you do'in ? *wink
     
  3. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    How hard is the clutch on those big boys to fracture a foot?
     
  4. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    He probably did it jumping out the rig grtting his morning sandwich and coffee on the clock.
     
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  5. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    Hope your husband has a speedy recovery. Hope the union can help
     
  6. Nevermore1

    Nevermore1 Member

    A stress fracture isn't actually a broken bone, it's stress of all the tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones that is caused by doing an action repeatedly. They haven't offered short term yet since he hasn't been out long enough.

    I know how UPS doesn't like to admit most injuries are work related - he sprained his ankle in the yard in front of them but it wasn't "work related". At least that got them to repave the yard 2 weeks later
     
  7. Nevermore1

    Nevermore1 Member

    He does like his food!
     
  8. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Tell him to file for disability and for unemployment and enjoy the time off and heal properly. The doctor has told him he can work with restrictions but UPS has refused so he is eligible for unemployment.

    *note, UPS will never let an employee have alternative work if the injury was caused off the clock. You're (He's) an insurance liability at that point.
     
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  9. Dr.Brownz

    Dr.Brownz Well-Known Member

    Should have talked to a lawyer after the ankle
     
  10. silenze

    silenze Lunch is the best part of the day

    Stop using the clutch
     
  11. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    The New feeders in our building are automatic.
     
  12. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    we have had many feeder drivers work light duty while recovering from a work related injury.

    he need to speak to the head steward or BA.
     
  13. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    You do need to use it when starting up or when shifting to reverse, but you can shift through the gears without it.

    Patient: It only hurts when I laugh.
    Doctor: Don't laugh.
     
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The stress fracture in his foot may or may not be work related.
     
  15. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Repetitive stress injuries are harder to get disability. Not like a sudden injury you can pinpoint exactly when it occurred. Years of wear and tear can cause damage but you usually need to fight about those claims.
     
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  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I was very fortunate when my ortho was able to get my repetitive motion injuries (both elbows) covered by comp.
     
  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Liberty Mutual will usually fight you tooth and nail for a repetitive motion injury....but eventually they'll cough up the money.
     
  18. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Yeah but they make the process much more difficult than necessary. Instead of just paying what they owe.
     
  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Of course they do....just like UPS.
     
  20. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    99 percent of our package drivers will have lifelong physical problems because of repetitive requirements of this job.

    my ankles hurt every morning. my knees hurt. my lower back hurts. my left hip hurts. my fingers hurt.

    every day . and i did things by the book for 25 years.
     
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