INJURY PREVENTION

Injury prevention begins with awareness. Most injuries occur in a moment of haste or inattention. Think before you act! Ask yourself, is this the safest way to do the job? Injuries are costly to you and the company. Beyond the obvious pain, injuries cost you income and reduced quality of life. They cost the company money and quality of service. When you are not able to perform the duties of your job, we all lose.


GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Good housekeeping is an integral part of every company’s safe work practices. Many times during the course of a work day, you may find that all of a sudden you are starting to walk around or trip and stumble over tools, equipment or debris in a work area that was clear before. The job has become difficult to do in a safe and efficient manner.


MAKE SAFE CHOICES - KNOW YOUR MEDICINE

Prescription and over-the-counter medications alone can impair driving, especially if taken in increased doses. Combining alcohol with medications is even deadlier. Washington State DUI laws and many others apply to drivers impaired by alcohol and illegal drugs, as well as many over-the-counter and prescription medications commonly used to treat allergies, chronic pain, high blood pressure, even the common cold. Make sure you know if you are taking medications that may cause drowsiness and impair driving.


Approach ALL railroad crossing with the utmost caution!

RAILROAD CROSSINGS

RIGHT TURN SQUEEZE

Right turns are a frequent problem for trucks. Accidents can occur when other vehicles squeeze into the area along the right side of your vehicle. The other vehicle may be attempting to pass on the right or make a right turn. While the other vehicle may be at fault, defensive drivers must anticipate the errors of other drivers. Recognize that automobile drivers are constantly looking for ways to get around your truck. Assume they will make mistakes.


SAFE BACKING

Backing is one of the most dangerous maneuvers a driver is asked to do. Approximately 15% of all accidents occur while backing. Backing accidents are almost always preventable. How can we prevent backing accidents?


SAFE LIFTING

According to OSHA, back injuries are number one among work place injuries. One in every five on-the-job injuries involves the back, but back injuries can and do happen at home as well. As if being extremely painful is not enough, back injuries can lead to permanent disability, loss of work, compensation claims and expensive medical bills.

SUMMER & HOT WEATHER HEALTH HAZARDS

This time of year temperatures are soaring and risk of heat related injury or illness becomes a hazard. The primary health hazards associated with extreme temperatures are:


THE 6 CLEARANCES

The majority of vehicle accidents are caused by inattention to the space around your vehicle. Backing, turning, overhead and fixed object crashes are the result of a failure to keep eyes moving and monitoring mirrors to recognize the obstacles around the truck. The six clearances you must be aware of are front, back, right side, left side, overhead and below the truck.


WHAT TO DO AT AN ACCIDENT SCENE

No one wants to be involved in an accident. When an accident occurs, the manner in which you respond and handle yourself can positively or negatively influence the outcome or liability exposure. It is critical to remain professional and represent the best interests of both yourself and your company.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS

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