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5 Essential Safety Diagrams for Every Trucking Company

By November 29, 2017April 26th, 2019No Comments

Many common workplace incidents are largely preventable with proper employee training. Here are five essential safety diagrams that every trucking company should have available to employees.

#1 Slips, Trips, and Falls Prevention

Slips, trips, and falls continue to plague the trucking industry. In fact, falls on the same level resulted in direct costs of nearly $10.17 billion in 2016. Here are a few safety tips on how to prevent them:

  • Clean all spills immediately. Marks spills and wet areas with warning signs and barricades.
  • Keep walkways clear of clutter. Remove any obstacles.
  • Secure mats, rugs, and carpets that do not lay flat.
  • Spread grease-absorbent compound on oily surfaces.
  • Never carry or push loads that block your vision.
  • Cover all floor openings or protect them with guard rails.

#2 Proper Lifting Techniques Diagram

Lifting is such a common activity that we often forget that there is a right way to do it. Anytime you pick up a box or a heavy object—at work or at home—use proper lifting techniques to avoid back injuries:

  • Before lifting an object, estimate its weight by tilting it up slowly. If it’s hard to move, it’s too heavy to lift. Get help, or use a lifting aid.
  • Get under the load by bending your knees, not your back.
  • Keep the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible.
  • Never twist your body when you are lifting. Instead, turn your entire body by using your feet.

#3 Three-Point Contact System

Studies show that falls from vehicles produce injuries that are almost 25 percent worse than other types of injuries. The three-point contact system significantly reduces the chance of a slip or fall out of a vehicle.

Essentially, three or your four limbs are to be in contact with the vehicle at all times. Either two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.

#4 Falling Cargo Safety

Simply opening trailer doors can put an employee at risk of a serious injury. Educate your staff on protecting themselves from falling cargo:

  • Make sure all goods are shrink-wrapped, strapped on the pallet or secured to side wall.
  • Secure the load using a cargo bar, strapping or webbing.
  • Unlock and open one trailer door at a time. Shield yourself from falling cargo by standing behind the door.
  • Don’t try to catch falling cargo or boxes.

#5 Injury Reporting Procedure

Require employees to report any and all on-the-job injuries they receive, no matter how minor. Stress that failure to report injuries in a timely matter may result in a loss of workers’ compensation benefits.

If someone is injured at work:

  • Report the injury immediately to a supervisor no later than the end of the shirt on which it occurs.
  • Complete and sign a Report of Injury or Illness form.
  • Save all paperwork received at any resulting medical appointments.

By creating safety diagrams for the above procedures, trucking companies can take a proactive approach toward preventing workplace injuries.

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