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Welcome to the August 2014 edition of TIRES e-news, a periodic newsletter brought to you by the health and safety experts of KeepTruckingSafe.org.
New this month
Hot enough for you?
Lone workers such as truck drivers need to be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing heat-related illness. As the summer heat continues, outdoor workers should sip non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day. Work may take a little longer as they take time out to cool down in the shade. Remind workers that their safety and the safety of others on the road comes before all deliveries.
Click here for safety poster (450 KB).
Link to more information on heat stress: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/.
Link to our blog article on heat exhaustion: http://www.keeptruckingsafeblog.org/2014/07/28/preventing-and-treating-heat-exhaustion/
How many broken noses does it take?
Although this may sound like the introduction to a cheesy joke, preventing injuries from cranking the landing gear is a serious issue. Need proof? This true story may convince you. Click here for a true story. (269KB)
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Featuring previously published training materials that are...worth repeating!
Safety training material for everyone
Click here to check out our information on health issues including sleep apnea. If you are currently using an older CPAP machine, make sure it has a memory card in it so that you are able to show compliance at your next DOT physical.
Training simulation tools
Visual learners will take away more from a simulation. This one is based on the true story of a tanker driver injured in a fall, but will apply to many ladder climbing situations. Click here to begin.
Fatal crush: Based on the true story of a driver killed on the job
A Washington State truck driver was killed on the job a few years ago. This simulation discusses what happened. Review it with your workers to help prevent similar occurrences. Click here for simulation.
True story with tips: Fatal crush (157KB).
Interactive Simulation Chaining Tires
Two drivers chaining. Can you spot the differences? Click here to try the simulation. Scroll down to try more training simulation tools.
Compare the force of lever and ratchet binders
Compare the body forces needed to use a lever ratchet or binder ratchet to strap a load. Click here to try the simulation.
Test your tarping skills
Explore strategies for Click here to try the simulation on safer tarping.
Choose your footwear wisely
Slips, trips and falls cause many injuries in the trucking industry. Test your safety knowledge with the Click here to try the friction simulation tool.
Force simulation tool
Does it really matter if you jump or use 3 points-of-contact when you exit the cab or trailer? Find out with our force-simulator. Use it as a training tool. Click here to try the force simulation tool.
Check out the TIRES idea bank for solutions to common trucking issues. Got solutions? This is a work in progress so send us your ideas. Click for TIRES Idea Bank. Click to send us your solutions at info@KeepTruckingSafe.org.
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Have questions? We’re here to help. Email us at info@KeepTruckingSafe.org.
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To learn more about the TIRES initiative, or to find more information about injuries in the trucking industry please visit us at, www.KeepTruckingSafe.org.
The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project was developed by the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program of Washington's Department of Labor and Industries.
The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project team and the TIRES steering committee are working with the Washington State trucking industry to identify causes for the most frequent injuries to develop effective strategies for preventing them.
The TIRES steering committee is made up of a diverse group of professionals that includes: drivers, safety people from large and small trucking companies, labor and business associations, insurers and a representative from a publicly funded truck driving school.
Funded in part by a grant from CDC NIOSH 5 U60 OH 008487. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/NIOSH.
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