Fatal injuries in the trucking industry
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) truck drivers are six times more likely to be killed on the job than other workers. A Washington State study showed that 1 out of every 4,100 full-time employees in the Washington trucking industry will be fatally injured. In fact, there were 63 deaths during the years 1998-2005.
Although the majority of deaths (over 60%) are vehicle-related, many were from falls or crush injuries.
Here are some true stories of Washington trucking industry workers who were killed on the job and tips to avoid similar incidents.
Prevent run overs
Company president shares the pain of losing an employee. (244 KB pdf) A true story shared by Marty Johnson of Tacoma Motorfreight Service.
Setting the parking brake would have saved him - true story (395 KB) based on the report: Truck Driver Dies after being Run Over by Propane Transport Rolling Backward at Bulk Plant. This fatality report was produced by the Washington State FACE (Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation) program.
Prevent struck by or against injuries
FATAL FACTS: Hazards to Truck Drivers Loading and Unloading (REVISED Jan 2011)
Prevent motor-vehicle collisions