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Safety Material for the Trucking Industry
August 2019

Do the Tandem Slide

Sliding trailer tandem axles is a common task, but can be dangerous. Awkward and repeated reaching to pull the release latch can injure your shoulder or back. Placing your head or upper body between the trailer and tires can cause severe or deadly crushing injuries. When you slide the tandems, consider the potential risks so you can make decisions that keep you and your co-workers safe. Get proper training and give yourself plenty of time to do the job right.

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Tips to live by

Is It Hot Enough for You?

As the temperature continues to increase, truck drivers need to be on the alert when it comes to preventing heat-related illness. Everyone reacts differently to heat, but many become irritable and can make more mistakes. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, weakness, headache, heat cramps or nausea. If these are not treated, symptoms can worsen to include passing out, blurred vision, convulsions and even death.

To prevent this, workers should sip on non-caffeinated beverages throughout the day. Staying hydrated helps your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. It can take time to acclimate your body to the temperature outdoors. Limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you are conditioned to it. Remind workers that their safety and the safety of others on the road comes before all deliveries.  

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Safety poster


More information on heat exhaustion


L&I heat exposure rules and requirements


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Fatal crush

Image of a forklift and a driver getting pipes from a semi.

A Washington State truck driver was killed on the job. This simulation discusses what happened. Review it with your workers to help prevent similar occurrences.

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Conduct an injury investigation

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Root cause analysis is a process for finding the what, how, and why something happened to prevent it from happening again in the future.

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Pre-trip checklist

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This pre-trip simulation  tool is intended to help those that are trying to become a truck driver or for experienced drivers that need to refreshen on their skills.

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More Training Simulations


Slips, trips, falls

Strain & sprains (musculoskeletal disorders)

Getting struck by or against an object 

Hazard Prevention Tools