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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.



Truck mechanics are vital to your business. A properly maintained truck or fleet saves fuel costs, injury costs and assures your load is delivered as promised. Here are tips to keep mechanics safe so that they can keep your fleet running.


Why E logs are better for maintenance tracking

Prevent injuries by following up on repair requests (189 KB)


General education

Mechanics' garage/shop safety checklist

Fleet maintenance tips for mechanics - tip sheet (70 KB)

Force & Ladders Don't Mix (221 KB)

Be a pro: Hockey poster (323 KB) Can be printed on 8.5x11 or 11x17 paper.


Mechanics Hazard Alerts developed from fatality investigations

A recent Washington State fatality involving a heavy equipment mechanic is a reminder to all who work on large vehicles in the trucking industry. Mechanics hazard alert (90 KB)


A recent Washington State fatality involving tire inflation includes recommendations to prevent similar incidents. Tire explosion hazard alert (Links to Washington L&I web site)


Links to steering wheel covers:

Caution Disabled Vehicle*

Danger - Trilingual*

*These links are included for your convenience and are not officially endorsed by TIRES. Other styles and brands are also available.

Force & Ladders Don't Mix (221 KB)

Be a pro: Hockey poster (323 KB) Can be printed on 8.5x11 or 11x17 paper.