Keep Trucking Safe 2018 April Newsletter

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Keep Trucking Safe 2018 April Newsletter


(Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis)
The TIRES research team is working with industry leaders, safety and health professionals, employers, drivers, warehouse and dock workers, and many others to develop educational materials that identify hazards and provide low-cost, simple solutions to prevent injuries in the trucking industry. Learn more about TIRES.

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Take Time to Review Your APP

Take time to review your APP

Did you know? All employers are required to have a formal, written accident prevention program (APP).  The APP is sometimes referred to as a safety and health plan.

Why is it important? Besides keeping your workers safe, not having an APP is one of the most cited safety violations during inspections.

It must be tailor-made. Your APP must effectively address the hazards relevant to your particular company or that may be encountered by your employees.

Don’t assume anything. Many times employers or safety directors assume they have an APP on a shelf somewhere. It’s safer to assume that if you are not consulting your APP on a regular basis that you don’t have an effective one.

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Incentives to Cheat....

Incentives to Cheat..

What’s the issue? You want your employees to work safely. In fact you’ve developed an injury prevention plan, you train new hires, hold weekly safety refresher trainings, but your employees are still getting injured.  What’s the deal? 

Have you considered incentives that you may have unwittingly provided to employees that encourages cheating when it comes to safety? Here are some examples:

Not enough time to complete the task. Anytime rushing is involved, shortcuts will be taken.

Not the right equipment or it’s in poor repair. Do workers have to ‘make do’ with worn or wrong equipment? Make sure they have the right equipment to get the work done. Red tag broken equipment so it can’t be used until fixed. 

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Increase Productivity

Increase productivity

The direct costs of injuries can be measured easily, but the indirect cost savings of preventing these injuries may be much greater than simply the workers’ compensation dollars. A positive safety climate can increase productivity and improve your bottom line.

Companies report an average 25% increase in productivity after implementing either a program or a control to address injuries to muscles, tendons and joints. 

All interventions studied showed a positive impact on productivity.

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Pre trip checklist simulation training tool.

Pre-Trip checklist

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.

Landing Gear

This course teaches prevention of common upper extremities due to improperly lowering of a landing gear. See which body position is best to avoid an injury.

Landing Gear training tool

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Slips, trips, falls

Strains & sprains (Musculoskeletal disorders)

Getting struck by or against an object


Does your input on safety matter?

Companies with positive safety cultures value the input of every employee, recognizing that those on the front line have a very different perspective than those in management. In these companies, workers and management work together to ensure the safest possible conditions. Remind workers that they too are responsible for keeping themselves safe at work.

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Tell me, do you feel lucky?

Luck should not replace playing it safe in the workplace. Often we feel the need to rush or we've done something risky so many times that we cease to recognize the danger. Take the time to re-evaluate your tasks, tools and methods.

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