RECOGNIZE THE HAZARDS
The weather can create hazards around the truck. For instance, ice, snow, rain, and mud make surfaces slippery and can cause your feet to lose traction. These conditions can cause a driver to fall off the tractor, trip in a pothole, or slip and fall.
Manually tarping or securing a load using chains and straps exposes a driver to possible back and shoulder injuries as well as hand injuries such as pinches, abrasions, cuts, and bruises. Likewise, improperly securing a load can lead to serious injuries and fatalities to you and others if the cargo shifts or falls off the trailer.
SET NEW GOALS FOR YOURSELF
Failing to perform a proper pre-trip inspection and an inspection at each stop can lead to preventable losses. Likewise, not wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as hurrying and ignoring safety procedures, can contribute to injuries.
KNOW THE DEFENSE
USE THREE POINTS OF CONTACT
Use three points of contact, meaning both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand are always in contact with the equipment. Always face the equipment when climbing on or off the trailer. Never jump off the trailer.
CONDUCT PROPER VEHICLE INSPECTIONS
USE FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
BE ATTENTIVE TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS
The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively.
Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive
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