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New safety training materials
The jolly old elf is back!
Let Santa demonstrate your safety training this month.
Prevent falls from ladders, training simulation
Based on the true story of a driver painfully injured from rushing down a ladder. Click here to see the training.
Time to check your tire chains
Click here for safety poster: The kinda shape you're in (269 KB)(poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper) Print and hang where drivers wait to be loaded or even in the restroom.
Can you spot the hazard?
Ladder climbing technique matters (421 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)
Local safety award winner shares his strategies
Are you ready?
Click here for safety poster: Save your skin (359 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper) Print and hang where drivers wait to be loaded or even in the restroom.
Click here for safety poster: Prepare for snow (259 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)
We know truckers are tough, but seriously...
The costs of delayed maintenance
Click here for safety poster: Delayed maintenance causes injuries (291 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)
Why do we appreciate truckers?
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 most common and costly injury types in the trucking industry:
- Slips, trips, falls
- Strains & sprains (Musculoskeletal disorders)
- Getting struck by or against an object
- Motor vehicle collisions
The work activitites that attributed majority of injuries:
- Loading/unloading and material handling
- Exiting the cab or trailer
- Walking around the yard, terminal or customer site
- Tarping/strapping a load
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.
Our dedicated steering committee
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)
Washington State Patrol, Commercial Motor Vehicle Division