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Want to lose five days of work from a slip or fall? Don’t follow these safety tips.

by Charlotte Freed | Dec 21, 2018

Slips, trips, and falls
Over five years, slips, trips, and falls accounted for nearly 50 percent of all critical injuries in the trucking industry and caused fifteen percent of all accidental deaths, making it the second leading cause of death behind motor vehicle accidents. Those in the transportation and warehousing industry are most at risk with time lost due to injury averaging anywhere from five to 12 days.

Safety awareness is key in all aspects of your work, but you can be proactive in how you prepare for protection and reduce the headache – literally and figuratively – of getting hurt on the job. Sometimes taking action toward safety can be as simple as keeping your workspace clean, maintaining good lighting, and wearing the proper PPE – but it’s worth looking into all the ways you can improve your safety.

Remaining aware of the conditions around you and taking your time can make a big impact. Here are a few tips to prevent injuries, particularly this winter:

  • When entering or exiting the vehicles, use the vehicle for support.
  • When you see streets and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice, still use caution and lookout 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.

Finally, watch Centerline Driver’s instructional videos on how to conduct a pre-trip inspection and how to apply snow chains to your truck!

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