Srinagar: An increasing preference to shop through online retail have added to the boom of e-commerce service providers in valley, but this growth is now telling on the health of delivery boys who carry these products, who are witnessing an increase in back and spine problems.
With an average travel of 30 to 40 kilometer on bikes, delivery boys say that bags on an average weigh above 30 kilograms and are to be carried for long periods, this does cause pain mostly in lower back.
Ishfaq Ahmad who has been employed with Ecom Express Logistics, a delivery service provider here for about a year says that for a customer shopping might have eased, but for the delivery boys health ailments are increasing.
“It is not an easy task to be a delivery boy, working six days a week with a bag that weighs up to 30-40kg and covering long distances that too in city traffic, does either create back ailments or aggravate them” he said.
Adding that many boys also have frequent sore throats, get eye infections, but it is these back aliments that are worrying us the most.
Many of the delivery boys say that after losing hope on landing in government jobs, opting as delivery boys was a better choice.
One of delivery boys told Kashmir Reader that many of the delivery boys are graduate and postgraduate within an 20 and 28 years, who spend eight to nine hours in the field and earn around Rs 8,000-10,000 per month.
Many logistic service providers companies told Kashmir Reader that there are 1500 youth employed as delivery boys with online product selling websites engaging them for delivery of products.
Jibran Ahmad who also works as delivery boy, told Kashmir Reader that apart from salary, the company provides us with the fuel and phone expenses but for these health related issues there is no reimbursement.
“Many have opted out of this profession only because of these back ailments,” he said.
Jibran added that it is not only the bag we have to carry some of the customers do order products that do not even fit these bags are need to carried alongside separately that add to problems while driving and can even cause accidents.
According to doctors regular bike riders do face the risk of back and spine ailments or suffer facet joint hypertrophy.
Dr Najeeb Drabu, orthopedic surgeon, JNLM Hospital Rainawari told Kashmir Reader that in bikers we do find such ailments setting in after the age of 40, but among delivery boys who carry heavy loads, that can be witnessed earlier.
“We still do not witness many cases as of now, but if they do not alter their mode of working the number patients from this profession will increase,” he added.