It is easy to get injured entering and exiting a commercial vehicle. This action performed thousands of times over a driver’s career can injure your hands, feet, legs, ankles, shoulders, and back. Should you happen to slip or trip while exiting the vehicle, you are now exposed to head injury as well.
1. As with all work in the trucking industry, all persons entering and exiting a vehicle should be wearing the proper footwear. Footwear requirements may vary slightly from one company to the next based on internal policy, but footwear should always be supportive, functional and feature slip grip. Proper clothing should also be worn at all times. The clothing worn should stay within company policy, provide protection from Saskatchewan extreme elements and be professional. Clothing should not be a hazard! Hazard including too long sleeves, too long of pant legs, ripped, torn, burnt or otherwise exposing clothing can lead to a person being hooked, snagged or dragged while operating commercial equipment.
2. Use the three point of contact rule – always. This means entering and exiting the vehicle with two hands and one foot are being used at all times to position the body for safe entry/exit. Two hands are gripping secure hand-hold or handles while one foot is safely supporting the body’s weight during entry and exit. Three-point contact should be happening the entire time you are existing, entering or descending from equipment.
3. Keep the step of the truck clean. If steps are covered with mud, leaves or other products, it increases the chance of a slip or fall.
4. No one should ever enter or exit a vehicle that is moving
5. Never jump out of the truck. This is a hazardous decision and leads to many injuries each year.