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James Maltby was recently recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer. This award recognizes employers that give high levels of support to their employees who are part of America’s National Guard or military reserves.

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.

Thirty years at a family-owned company where you started out stocking shelves can give you a lot of perspective. You go from being the insecure, new kid to becoming a seasoned employee. You see personalities come and go, but most importantly, the company becomes your extended family.




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.


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.

Have you considered a mentorship program?

Mentor-ship 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.

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. Or for the short version, here are the research findings.



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 SHARP and / or L&I.

TIRES Stakeholders


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

SHARP Program | Department of Labor & Industries | PO Box 44330 | Olympia, Washington 98504-4330

Phone: 1-888-667-4277 | Contact web developer at TIRES@Lni.wa.gov

Who Are We?

The Injuries

How It Works

Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES)


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


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

The Injuries


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 activities 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.


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.