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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.

 


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Prevent falls from ladders
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Lever vs. Ratchet
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Partner news

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.


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New safety training materials

Technical Report

Trucking Industry: Examining Injuries for Prevention, Washington State, 2006-2012

Published November 2014

 

This report analyzes data from the Washington State workers' compensation fund over the years 2006-2012 to target injury prevention activities where they will be the most effective.

 

Click here to download the entire report (6.8 MB, it may take a few minutes)

Trucking Report 2014

If you want to print just your section, click here to be taken to the technical report page.

 

What's your reason for working safe?

Your best friend is depending on you to work safe (897 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)

Work safe, so you can have fun (603 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)

Work safe, play hard (526 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)

 

Take time to review your APP

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

How to develop an effective safety committee (305 KB)

 

Keeping forklift drivers safe

Hand over your keys (156 KB)

 

Get out and look

G.O.A.L poster (323 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)

 

Company president shares the pain of losing an employee to an on-the-job fatality

Interview with Marty Johnson, President of TMS (244 KB)

 

Safety professional of the year

Rogue driver turns safety director extraordinaire (162 KB)

 

Now is the time

Inspect your tire chains (500 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)

 


 

 

Why do we appreciate truckers?

This infographic by Trucker Classifieds depicts why we appreciate what they do and the injury data that we have collected gives us reason to want to keep them safe.

Click here for infographic

Click here for injury data report (940KB)

 


 

Who are we?

Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES)

TIRES is a research project developed by the SHARP program at the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. SHARP’s research shows that trucking has some of the highest claims rates and costs in the State of Washington.

 

Industry and labor groups have a common goal to improve workers' comp rates by decreasing the number of work-related injuries in trucking. Our target - making the riskiest job tasks safer.

 

The Injuries

The most common and costly injury types in the trucking industry:

 

The work activitites that attributed majority of injuries:

 

TIRES continues to develop materials for training in the safest methods known to get the important work of trucking accomplished.

 

How It Works

The TIRES research team is working with industry leaders, safety and health professionals, employers, drivers, warehouse and dock workers, and many others to develop educational materials that identify hazards and provide low-cost, simple solutions to prevent injuries in the trucking industry. We will also be visiting worksites to identify best practices and pilot test new ideas aimed at reducing the target injuries. This work is paid for by a grant from the CDC/NIOSH and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

 

TIRES Stakeholders

Our dedicated steering committee

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SMART Smart Association

 

WRRA Washington Refuse and Recycling Association (WRRA)

 

Teamsters 252 Teamsters Local #252

RepublicRepublic Services

Bates Technical College, Truck Driving School

Individual trucking employers

 

Individual owner operators

 

Supporters from around the globe

 

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH grant #U60 OH008487)

 

ATA WCFAlabama Trucking Association Workers' Compensation Fund

 

MCM Motor Carriers of Montana

 

TSCBC Trucking Safety Council of BC

 

Washington State Patrol, Commercial Motor Vehicle Division

 

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