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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.

Specialized Freight Truck Transportation

Specialized Freight

This industry group provides moving and specialized freight transportation to local and long-distance customers.



These three industries combine for approximately 2000 Accounts reporting hours in Washington State. Of these 2000 accounts 32% had a compensable claim and 44% had an accepted workers compensation claim in a nine year study period.

Featured publications

Fall prevention

Local company owner engineers safety innovations (230 KB)


Set it - poster (192 KB)

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


Can you spot the hazard

Climbing technique matters, but why? poster (421 KB). (printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)


Inspect your PPE

Inspect your boots (189 KB) (poster printable on letter size or 11x17 paper)

These boots were made for walkin' (144 KB)


Cab/trailer exit

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

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

Riding the door (165 KB)


Landing gear

Tips for making a safe landing (172 KB)


Loading & Unloading

What if you are overweight? (457 KB)



Inspect, repair and replace worn tarps (390 KB)

If you beat a tarp at wrestling, who really wins? (187 KB)

Tarping doesn't need to be a pain in the back! (170 KB)

Want to be a pro? Tarping (318 KB)

You might be strong...(190 KB)

Do you like playing the odds? (297 KB)

Are you at the breaking point? (144 KB)

Don't fall for it - tarp smart (435 KB)

Tarping related fall injuries to drivers (429 KB)



Fruit bin load securement produced by the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division. This document is in English and Spanish.

Winch or ratchet (215 KB)

Don't fall for it - strapping (252 KB)

To cheat, or not to cheat... (160 KB)

Want to be a pro? strapping (315 KB)


Communication plans

Forklift, freight, you? (374 KB)

Communication is key (252 KB)

Tight Squeeze? (690 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)