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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.


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Health and safety information for the trucking industry

NIOSH: Motor Vehicles National Institutute for Occupational Safety and Health provides information by topic including highway safety, tip sheets, and reports. Get NIOSH transportation Twitter updates.


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 .


NORA: National Occupational Research Agenda The National Occupational Research Agenda is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for NIOSH and the nation.

Trucking Safety Council of BC (TSCBC) was created to address the high personal and economic costs of work-related injury and death in the trucking industry. Safety Driven - Driving to ImproveTruck Safety.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of Great Britain HSE's job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities. Vehicles at Work Campaign & Load Safety. is an occupational safety and health resource directory sponsored by the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. contains links to hundreds of occupational safety and health resources focusing on day-to-day workplace issues. is not intended to be a comprehensive directory of all information available on a particular topic. Our links are hand-selected and the focus is quality over quantity.

National Solid Wastes Management Association developed a national safety campaign called Slow Down to Get Around that reminds motorists to drive more carefully near solid waste collection vehicles.

Safety training resources for light and delivery truck drivers from Texas Department of Insurance

Safety training resources for heavy and tractor trailer truck drivers from Texas Department of Insurance

Improving your safety climate

Carrots and sticks: Do safety Incentive Programs Really Work? Blog by Albert Polito, DuraNews


Safety Through Achieving Recognition Together (START) Learn how your business can achieve START status through a program that recognizes occupational safety and health excellence and leads to a safer workplace, lower costs, improved morale, and community recognition.


Occupational health success stories. Partnering for success.


Trio develops website for biking enthusiasts. Click to read article on

SHIFT (Safety & Health Involvement for Truck Drivers) SHIFT is a 6-month safety and health promotion program designed for commercial truck drivers.  Long and unusual work hours, prolonged sitting, limited food choices, and demanding work put drivers at risk for serious illness and injury - most notably heart disease and back injuries.  Drivers who join the SHIFT program complete training and work toward goals in teams that compete in a positive way.  The SHIFT program is designed to help you: (1) achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and (2) work injury and crash free.

SAIF Corporation is Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company. The SAIF Corporation has developed an informational guide for stetches that can be performed in or around your truck. Note that the research is unclear on whether or not stretching will reduce injuries, if properly done it can make you feel refreshed. Click here to connect to Stretches for the Professional Truck Driver (2 MB).


Quick Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers, developed by NIOSH.


National Heart Lung and Blood Institute - Obesity Education Intitiave. This site includes a BMI calculator, menu planner, portion education, weightloss tips and more.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute - What is Sleep Apnea? Scroll down to see informational video.

Driving Healthy contains health-related resources that target the unique needs of Commercial Truck Drivers.

Driver Health from Find a Trucking Job.

Click here to see the report: Paving the Road: Recommendations to Disseminate Safety and Health Information to Truck Drivers. Have you considered sharing your company injury statistics at a safety training meeting? If your company is too small to maintain these numbers, use the true stories sprinkled throughout the Web site. The good news is, your employees are listening and you have more influence than you may have thought.

Safety plan development

Washington State's Labor & Industries has sample safety programs for you to use to create your own.


Safety Info's Online Workplace Safety Library offers over 250 free samples to get you started.

Injury prevention guides

Moving and Lifting Safely: Injury Prevention Guide developed by Trucking Safety Council of BC.

Heat-related Illnesses Recognizing, preventing and treating heat-related illnesses provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)

Falls from vehicles campaign by HSE (Health and Safety Executive)

Ergonomics Idea Bank Find ideas to help prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Developed by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Also see NIOSH's material handling web page.

Workplace safety tips from compliance and safety.

Commercial vehicle guide

Washington State Commercial Vehicle Guide 2008-2009 This guide is intended for the professional commercial vehicle operator and others who are concerned about safe truck operations. It has been compiled by Commercial Vehicle Services within the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in cooperation with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Washington State Patrol (WSP/CVD), and other state and federal agencies.


Good article on preparing for DOT inspections.

US truck driving regulations

United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules & regulations or safety & security.

Safety videos

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) maintains a free online safety video library.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work EU-OSHA is the main European Union reference point for safety and health at work. The EU-OSHA developed these fun, short videos of Napo (worker) performing multiple job tasks. Click Napo to see how he handles obstacles or hazards at work.

WorkSafeBC is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of British Columbia. Deaf to the Danger Earbuds safety video

Preventing distracted driving

Link to article on the dangers of distracted driving includes this very cool info graphic on the dangers of distracted driving developed by Take a minute to check it out.

US Department of Transportation's campaign is called Share this page with anyone you know who still believes it's okay to drive distracted.

Deadly calls: How answering your phone can cost you your life. Includes links on distracted driving.

Distracted driving resources from NETS (Network of Employers for Traffic Safety.)

Preventing falls

The TRAM (Travel Restraint Access Module) is a unique height safety system.


From Safety Driven, Trucking Safety Council of BC: Report on Falls from Non-Moving Vehicles, 2012.

Information for the motoring public

Don't hang out in the "No-Zone!" The "No-Zone" refers to the blind spot areas around large commercial vehicles, or the areas where cars are so close to the truck or bus that the driver's ability to stop or maneuver safely is restricted. The state of New York has developed some important tips that complement the work done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the US Department of Transportation.

Share the Road is a highway safety program of the American Trucking Associations (ATA).  For the past 20 years, the Share the Road program has been teaching the public how to share the road with large trucks.

Our steering committee

Washington Trucking Associations (WTA) 

Teamsters Local #252 

Washington Refuse and Recycling Association (WRRA) 

Approach Management

RepublicRepublic Services

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 SafetyDriven - Trucking Safety Council of BC

Washington State Patrol, Commercial Motor Vehicle Division