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Spicing up training for the holidays
Santa is back and ready to help with your safety training
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. (Since Santa's pack is magical it doesn't weigh more than a clipboard.)
Tarping best practices
Lifting heavy items can cause injuries to your back and shoulders over time. Santa demonstrates the pros and cons of getting the tarp on the flatbed.
New safety training materials
Interview with Will Jones, Transportation
Safety professional of the year - making sure everyone goes home safe
Although he wasn't raised to think about safety, when he found himself responsible for the lives of the people that he managed, he knew his greatest responsibility was to make sure that everyone went home safe at night.... Click here for entire story (180 KB PDF).
What is safety climate anyway?
Click here to launch the safety climate training. (Put on your headphones)
Is it necessary to report a close call?
Yes! A close call should be reported to the supervisor, safety director and safety committee so a prevention plan can be established. This safety poster reminds workers to report close calls. Click here to download the poster (658 KB PDF). Print on letter-sized or 11x17 sized paper.
Have you considered a mentorship program?
Mentorship is good for the mentor, the mentee and your bottom line. This tip sheet will give you some ideas to get one started at your company. Click here for the tips (291 KB PDF).
Early reporting equals better outcomes
The sooner you report and deal with an injury, the better your health outcome (507 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)
Why E logs are better for maintenance tracking
Working safely around forklifts
Safety poster reminds workers how to work safe around forklifts (850 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)
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
Keeping forklift drivers safe
Occupational health success stories
Partnering for success Our work in Washington is featured.
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)
If you want to print just your section, click here to be taken to the technical report page.
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