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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.


The information provided on the linked sites is solely the view of the authors and does not reflect the official views of TIRES and / or L&I.

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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 from ladder

Fatal crush
Use this true story to prevent similar incidents

Crush Prevention

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

Chain 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

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.


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

TIRES on YouTube

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

abobe reader

Many documents on this website are in the pdf format. To download a free Adobe Reader® click here.

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.

Safety Plan

Take time to review your APP

Click for more information on safety plan (APP) development (194 KB)


Incident Investigation

How to investigate an incident (263 KB)

Incident investigation checklist (201 KB)

Index of safety plan (under construction)

Check out Washington's workers' compensation Rates Watch for information on why it's important to manage your workers' compensation claims.


Tune up your safety plan

First, look back over the previous year and review the activities you carried out. Then, to keep your safety program effective, review the past year to make sure that your program includes best practices and then see what you might need to add.


Were new employees:


What about your safety committee or safety meetings? Did you document the issues your employees brought up and track them to resolution? Were minutes of the meetings prepared and attendance taken? Each of these activities demonstrates management’s involvement and support for safety.


Does your safety program need changes? Based on research on distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently banned texting while driving a truck or bus. Does your company have a policy on this and other forms of distracted driving? If not, perhaps now is the time to draft one and implement it. Ask your drivers to give you feedback on the policy to make it better.


You could just continue with the status quo for your safety program, but then your program falters and becomes harder to maintain. Just like keeping your fleet in tune for best performance, a tune up of your safety program keeps it effective.