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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.

Preventing injuries from getting struck by or against and object

struck by

Sadly, many trucking industry workers are seriously injured or killed from getting struck by or against an object. Planning and clear communication can normally prevent these incidents.


Use the materials below to address these issues in your safety trainings.

Landing gear

How many broken noses does it take? (269 KB)

Tips for making a safe landing (178 KB)



Smart and safe cell phone use - tip sheet (209 KB)

Tight Squeeze? - poster (690 KB)

Forklift, freight, you? - poster (374 KB)

Is that pallet safe to move? - tip sheet (235 KB)

Communication is key - true story (252 KB)

Stay alert when working around forklifts - true story (180 KB)



It was a dark and stormy night... true story (88 KB)

Let's make sure this doesn't happen again (fatal crush) (143 KB)

Be seen, be safe - tip sheet (137 KB)

This is what motorists see. - poster (402 KB)



Set it - poster (192 KB)

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

Driver killed when run-over by co-worker - true story (186 KB)

Beware of blind spots! - poster (611 KB)

Small details can save your life - true stories (216 KB)

Neutral or not? - true story (137 KB)



Save yourself, not the load (338 KB)

There's got to be a better way (157 KB)

Protect yourself from falling objects - tip sheet (203 KB)

There are worse things than getting your toes stepped on - true stories (261 KB)

To cheat, or not to cheat - true stories (160 KB)
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Want to be a pro? Follow these safe steps to strap your load - poster (315 KB)