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Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls in Winter Conditions

by Anna Mischke | Dec 01, 2017

Driver News_112917As winter continues its run across much of the country, the extra caution in and out of the truck is needed. Slips, trips, and falls cause many nonfatal injuries every year among truck drivers. Remaining aware of the conditions and taking your time can make a big difference in remaining safe.

Here are a few tips to prevent injuries this winter:

  • When entering or exiting the vehicle, use the vehicle for support.
  • When you see streets and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice, still use caution and look out for “black ice”. Dew, fog, or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an invisible thin layer of ice.
  • When walking on steps, always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
  • When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slow pace so you can react quickly to change in traction. Bend your knees slightly and walk slowly to increase traction and reduce risk of falling.
  • When entering a building, remove as much snow and water from your footwear as possible to prevent wet, slippery conditions indoors.
  • When exiting the vehicle, use 3 points of contact: two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot.

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