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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.

General Freight Truck Transportation

general freight

This industry group provides general freight trucking inclucding truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL), to local and long-distance customers.



These three industries combine for approximately 2800 accounts reporting hours in Washington State.  Of these 2800 accounts 37% have a compensable claim and 43% have an accepted workers' compensation claim in a nine year study period 1997- 2005.


Featured publications


Set it - poster (192 KB)

Setting the parking brake would have saved him - true story (395 KB)


Cab or trailer entry/exit

Consider the length of your career...(cab) (530 KB)

Consider the length of your career...(flatbed) (510 KB)

Consider the length of your career...(trailer) (384 KB)


Landing Gear

Tips for making a safe landing (172 KB)


Severe weather

Tips for successful chaining (262 KB)

Want to be a pro? Wear the footwear of the pros! (197 KB)

Don't let your footwear get you down (180 KB)


Be a pro

Football (420 KB)

Baseball (822 KB)

Strapping (315 KB)

Hook and unhook trailer (709 KB)

Trailer exiting strategy (159 KB)


Load securement

Is your load secure? (367 KB) Poster can be printed on 11x17 paper

Prevent falls

Riding the door... (165 KB)

Use 3-points of contact (435 KB)

Don't fall for it - use 3-points of contact (608 KB)
en Español

Don't fall for it - loading/unloading (409 KB)

Terminal, yard and customer site slip, trip and fall injuries to drivers (77 KB)
en Español


Prevent lifting injuries

Why is Mike smiling? (89 KB)

Line truck driver hurts shoulder lifting converter gear (96 KB)

80-pound box leads to 8 days off work (189 KB)

Why invest in powered dock levelers? (173 KB)


Work safe, home safe

Save your back for the good things in life (454 KB)

Would your son mind if you couldn't shoot a few hoops? (125 KB)

Stay safe. Stay working. (377 KB)



Beware of blind spots! (611 KB)

Tight Squeeze? (690 KB)

Be seen, be safe (137 KB)

This is what motorists see (402 KB)