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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.
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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