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Welcome to the January 2015 edition of TIRES e-news, a periodic newsletter brought to you by the health and safety experts of KeepTruckingSafe.org.

Happy New Year!

New this month

new What's your reason for working safe?

Winter weather can provide many opportunities for fun. This safety poster reminds workers to work safely so they can enjoy their personal lives to the fullest. Click here to download the poster (603 KB PDF). Print on letter or 11x17 sized paper.

new Take time to review your APP

Did you know that not having an APP (safety plan) is one of the most commonly cited safety violations during inspections? Besides keeping your workers safe, it makes sense to review and update your APP so you will be prepared. Here's how: Click for more information to develop your APP (194 KB PDF).


New Report: Trucking Industry, Examining Injuries for Prevention

This report analyzes data from the Washington State workers' compensation fund over the years 2006-2012 to target injury prevention activities where they will be the most effective.

Click here to download the entire report (6.8 MB)

Trucking Report 2014

To download certain sections click below:

Executive summary (214 KB)
Definitions and data sources (1.3 MB)
Fatality data (221 KB)
All injury types, all sectors combined (797 KB)
Strain, sprain or overexertion injuries (342 KB)
Fall from elevation (340 KB)
Fall on the same level (340 KB)
Struck by or against (349 KB)
Vehicle-related injuries (350 KB)
All other injuries combined (344 KB)

Click below to download just your sector:

General freight, less than truckload (781 KB)
General freight, truckload (823 KB)
Specialized freight, not including movers (827 KB)
Specialized freight, movers only (828 KB)
Waste hauling (825 KB)
Couriers and messengers (798 KB)

Complete definitions are in the appendices

Appendices (268 KB)

Worth repeating

Featuring previously published training materials that are...worth repeating!

Incident investigation

How to investigate an incident (263 KB)

Incident investigation checklist (201 KB)

Severe weather

A truck driver's winter survival kit (301 KB)

Click here to link to more tools.

Training simulation tools

Ladder safety

Visual learners will take away more from a simulation. This one is based on the true story of a tanker driver injured in a fall, but will apply to many ladder climbing situations. Click here to begin.


Fatal crush: Based on the true story of a driver killed on the job

A Washington State truck driver was killed on the job a few years ago. This simulation discusses what happened. Review it with your workers to help prevent similar occurrences. Click here for simulation.

True story with tips: Fatal crush (157KB).

Novice vs. Professional

Two drivers chaining. Can you spot the differences? Click here to try the simulation.

Compare the force of lever and ratchet binders

Compare the body forces needed to use a lever ratchet or binder ratchet to strap a load. Click here to try the simulation.

Test your tarping skills

Explore strategies for Click here to try the simulation on safer tarping.

Choose your footwear wisely

Slips, trips and falls cause many injuries in the trucking industry. Test your safety knowledge with the Click here to try the friction simulation tool.

Force simulation tool

Does it really matter if you jump or use 3 points-of-contact when you exit the cab or trailer? Find out with our force-simulator. Use it as a training tool. Click here to try the force simulation tool.

Need ideas?

Check out the TIRES idea bank for solutions to common trucking issues. Got solutions? This is a work in progress so send us your ideas. Click for TIRES Idea Bank. Click to send us your solutions at info@KeepTruckingSafe.org.

Haga click aquí para obtener materiales en español

Si tiene que moverlo manualmente —
Organize y coloque objetos pesados a una altura de fácil acceso. (223 KB)

Upcoming events

Click here to check out upcoming events in trucking. Let us know if you have a trucking industry related safety or health event that you'd like to add to the page.

Have questions? We’re here to help. Email us at info@KeepTruckingSafe.org.

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Together we can prevent injuries in trucking

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To learn more about the TIRES initiative, or to find more information about injuries in the trucking industry please visit us at, www.KeepTruckingSafe.org.

The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project was developed by the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program of Washington's Department of Labor and Industries.

The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project team and the TIRES steering committee are working with the Washington State trucking industry to identify causes for the most frequent injuries to develop effective strategies for preventing them.

The TIRES steering committee is made up of a diverse group of professionals that includes: drivers, safety people from large and small trucking companies, labor and business associations, insurers and a representative from a publicly funded truck driving school.

Funded in part by a grant from CDC NIOSH 5 U60 OH 008487. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/NIOSH.

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