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


We hope you enjoy the new look of this newsletter. We hope it makes accessing our materials easier for all our subscribers.

Getting to know this year's Safety Professional of the Year

Even though his company and colleagues see his dedication to safety, Will Jones, of Country Green Turf Farms, is modest about his contribution. Throughout our interview for this story, he was humble about the achievement, giving credit to the team effort of his company owner and all of their hard working employees.

Will himself wears many hats for Country Green Turf Farms. When I stopped in to take his picture, he was busy dispatching and handwriting the next day's routes. He was planning to drive one of them himself. All this in addition to handling the company safety program. I guess it's a good thing when you're too busy to realize what a great job you are doing, but I'm glad that his colleagues acknowledged it for him. Congratulations Will Jones - WTA's Safety Professional of the Year! Click here to download more of the story (180 KB PDF).

Worth repeating

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

Inspect now so you are ready later


Toolbox trainings on chain inspection: Take time now and tips for successful chaining.

Safety posters to remind workers of the importance of inspecting tire chains early: Get in shape now

Hanging iron from a driver's perspective: Special written by Dustin Hustad


What's the temperature of your company?

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:

Click here to launch the safety climate training.


Safety Plan Development

Take time to review your APP (194 KB PDF)

Developing an effective safety committee (305 KB PDF)

Incident investigation

How to investigate an incident (263 KB)

Incident investigation checklist (201 KB)

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.

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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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