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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. 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.

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Revive your safety training with the interactive tools below

Transfer trailer safety
This course teaches prevention of common traumatic injuries in the paving industry.
Fall from ladder

What is safety climate?
Safety climate is the new catch phrase in occupational safety circles. But what is it? And what does it mean to your company? Find out in this 5 minute training:
What is safety climate?

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

Partner news

How Do You Develop a Successful Safety Training? Published by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, April 2015.
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.

Technical Reports

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


To download certain sections click below:

Executive summary (218 KB)

Definitions and data sources (1.4 MB)

Fatality data (234 KB)

All injury types, all sectors combined (922 KB)

Strain, sprain or overexertion injuries (413 KB)

Fall from elevation (390 KB)

Fall on the same level (420 KB)

Struck by or against (420 KB)

Vehicle-related injuries (421 KB)

All other injuries combined (415 KB)


Click below to download just your sector:

General freight, less than truckload (822 KB)

General freight, truckload (863 KB)

Specialized freight, not including movers (867 KB)

Specialized freight, movers only (868 KB)

Waste hauling (865 KB)

Couriers and messengers (826 KB)


Data is further defined in the appendices:

Appendices (272 KB)


Preventing Injuries in the Trucking Industry, Focus Report

Published Spring 2008


Click here to download Preventing Injuries in the Trucking Industry, Focus Report (940KB)

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