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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.

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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?

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)


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)




Survey results are in!

Click here to view an infographic of fall's feedback survey.




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

WTAWashington Trucking Associations (WTA)


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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