Slips, trips and falls are a common occurrence in and around the workplace. The trucking industry, for one, tends to be plagued with these types of injuries, especially during the cold, winter months.

This is a great resource to use as we start our discussion:
Avoiding Bad Weather When Traveling

Truck Safety in the Winter: what should you watch out for?

» An early freeze so that drivers getting in and out of their cabs first thing in the morning don’t slip.
» Slippery patches in areas not used as often, such as inside and outside the delivery bay.
» Darker sections of buildings inside and around the exterior can harbor “black ice,” causing accidental falls.

FOOTWEAR TIP: One way to prevent slips, trips and falls is to have the proper footwear. For instance, drivers should check to see how worn the tread is on their work books, and NEVER wear tennis shoes or cowboy boots.

In addition, employers need to fill potholes are keep potential slippery areas sanded.

Truck Safety Tips

Take heed of these weather safety tips from the truckersreport.com.

» In rain or snow conditions, be sure to keep substantial space between your truck and the vehicle in front of your truck in case of an emergency stop.
» In bad weather, do not feel obliged to go as fast as the speed limit. Slower speeds are necessary to avoid rollovers, jackknifes, and collisions.
» Always keep tire chains on hand in case of snow or ice.
» Keep the fuel tank full during the colder seasons as water and condensation can build up in the fuel line.
» Take extra precautions on bridges as they freeze before the roads do.

More Truck Safety Practices On and Off the Road

Maintain vehicles. Inspect vehicles before and after trips to ensure they are maintained and properly working. Inspect brakes, headlights, and turn signals and learn how to identify other potential safety issues.

Parking.  Use reflective devices or flares to warn other drivers’ of your truck’s location. Never park on off ramps or blind curves.

Dock safety. Be mindful of that harmless-looking gap between the trailer and the dock. It’s easy to trip on if no ramp or dock plate is in place.

Secure loads. If not secured properly, cargo in trucks can shift and even rollover. Avoid adding to the millions of dollars in freight claims, vehicle or property damage. Ask for assistance to make sure your load is properly secured

Know your No Zone, the danger area or blind spots around a truck where crashes tend to occur. Cars can get so close that they interfere with the driver’s ability to stop or maneuver safely. Driving in the No-Zones increases the risk of accidents happening.

Keep a safe distance. Large trucks require more stopping room than other vehicles. Other drivers may not realize how long it takes a large truck to come to a complete stop.

Truck Safety Resources

» Trucking Injury Reduction Emphase (TIRES), KeepTruckingSafe.org
» Trucking Safety, Truckers Report
» Trucking Industry, OSHA Standards

This blog, originally posted December 12, 2013, has been updated with additional sources and information.

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