Keep Trucking Safe June 2021 Newsletter

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Safety Material for the Trucking Industry
 June 2021

Keep Your Pallet Jack On Track

Manual pallet jacks are common equipment that truck drivers and material handlers use to lift, lower and move heavy freight between trailers and loading docks. Though operating a pallet jack is easy and requires no special training, injuries can still result from equipment failure, hazardous surroundings, and not following safety rules. As for all equipment, inspect your pallet jack before each use to make sure it’s in good condition. Look for uneven floor surfaces, damaged dock plates, and open dock edges that can destabilize your pallet’s load or end in a painful fall. Always stick to the rules of safe equipment use to avoid injuring yourself and co-workers while using a pallet jack.
These and the other listed tips can help you avoid pallet jack mishaps at work.

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Tips to live by

National Safety Month, A Time for Awareness, Planning, and Prevention

National Safety Month takes place every June to bring together communities, organizations, and health professionals to help prevent injuries and fatalities at work, at home, and on the road.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2017 preventable workplace injury-related deaths totaled 4,414, and medically consulted injuries totaled 4.5 million. Total injury costs reached an estimated $161.5 billion, including wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor vehicle property damage, and employer costs.

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Litter Prevention and Load Securement Emphasis Taking Place in June

As a part of Washington’s new We Keep Washington Litter Free campaign, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) will be conducting statewide emphasis patrols over four weekends from May 28 to June 20. The patrols will coincide with National Secure Your Load Day, which takes place annually on June 6th to remind motorists about the importance of secure loads and litter prevention.

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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 training.

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