Keep Trucking Safe 2018 June Newsletter


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Safety Material for the Trucking Industry

June 2018

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Get Ready Now as CVSA Inspection and Enforcement Blitz Coming Soon

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its 31st Annual International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement blitz from June 5 – 7. The event will emphasize hours-of-service compliance, which topped last year’s list of 15,000 out-of-service violations. Another reason for this year’s special emphasis is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent electronic logging device mandate that eliminated traditional paper logs for most carriers. Previous Roadchecks have spotlighted categories of violations that include hazardous materials/dangerous goods, cargo securement, and tire safety.


In Memoriam

Last month we recognized Worker Memorial Day, this month we’d like to acknowledge that a good portion of the workers lost in 2017 were truck drivers. In fact 15 truck drivers died on the job last year. That is 2 more than 2016. We are working to prevent this trend from continuing.


Every driver needs to return home safe at the end of the day. We at TIRES will continue to work with industry leaders to develop safety training to get us there.


Drivers, we appreciate you and want you to stay safe.

Together we can prevent work-related deaths in trucking.


Abate the Weight


A 53-year-old truck driver injured his lower back while changing propane tanks on his forklift.

He drove a flatbed truck with a trailer-mounted forklift he used to load freight alone.

One day while loading pallets at a customer site, the driver parked his forklift to replace its empty propane tank.


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Abate the weight injury narrative

Truck Maintenance Tips


Maintain your truck and equipment in good working order. Report problems and make sure they are fixed before you get on the road. This will keep you and others safe - and it’s the law.

Be sure employees are properly trained in maintenance procedures.

Ask for help if you’re not sure how to complete a task.


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Truck Maintenance Tips

Education and Training.

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  on their skills.



Transfer trailer safety


This course teaches prevention of common traumatic injuries in the paving industry.


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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