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Technical reports
Click here to download Preventing Injuries in the Trucking Industry, Focus Report (940KB)

cover trucking report

 

Peer reviewed journals
Work related injuries in Washington State's Trucking Industry, by industry sector and occupation. Smith C. Williams J. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014. Click here for the complete article.

 

Assessment of perceived injury risks and priorities among truck drivers and trucking companies in Washington State Spielholz, P. et. al. Journal of Safety Research, 2008. Click here for the complete article.

 


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Simulation training tools


Prevent falls from ladders
Based on the true story of a driver painfully injured from rushing down a ladder.

Fall Prevention



Fatal crush
Use this true story to prevent similar incidents

Crush Prevention


Chaining up
Find the safety gear that the driver is using!

Chane up


Lever vs. Ratchet
Is there really a good reason to switch from a tool that has gotten the job done for years?

Load binders


Tarping
Lifting heavy items can cause injuries to your back and shoulders over time. The driver demonstrates the pros and cons of getting the tarp on the flatbed.

Tarping


Prevent slips
Slips, trips and falls cause many injuries in trucking. Changes in footwear, tasks and environment matter. Test your knowledge by clicking the slip simulation below.

Friction simulation


Jump Force
Know the forces involved in exiting your truck cab or trailer. Try our force simulator: Click here to access..

exit game


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Check out these fun and informative videos on risky versus safe trailer exit strategies.


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Truck driver health and safety

Truck drivers face a disproportionately high risk for fatal crash-related injuries and for serious health disorders. The 2004 fatality rate for U.S. heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was 48.2 per 100,000 workers, approximately 11 times the rate for the general worker population.

For more information go to NIOSH Blog .


TIRES staff reports

TIRES: Helping to Reduce Work Related Injuries in the Commercial Trucking Industries Published in Northwest Transporter, Vol 16, Issue 1, Winter 2013.


Don't Jump! Published in Transport Topics Online, November 2011.


Risk - Part of the Job? (85 KB) Published in The Route, September 2010.


Even on Foot, Trucking is Risky Business Published in Transport Topics Online, June 2009.


US Dept. of Transportation's campaign to prevent distracted driving.

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

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 falls

Fatal fall - true story (222 KB)

Delivery truck driver fatally injured in fall - true story (487 KB)

Preventing falls from loading docks - poster (301 KB)

 

Prevent struck by or against injuries

Let's make sure this doesn't happen again (143 KB)

Load shift cost his life (157 KB)

Don't stop that truck (140 KB)

Small details can save your life - narrative (216 KB)

Driver killed when run over by co-worker - narrative (186 KB)

Beware of blind spots - poster (611 KB)

FATAL FACTS: Hazards to Truck Drivers Loading and Unloading (REVISED Jan 2011)

 

Prevent motor-vehicle collisions

FATAL FACTS: Fatal Work-Related Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes in Washington State, 1998-2007

 

Truck drivers

FATAL FACTS: Truck Driver Fatalities

FATAL FACTS: Hazards on the Road for Log Truck Drivers