Injury Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls

February 13, 2020

In the Trucking and Transportation industry, slips trips and falls are an all too common occurrence. Workers in the trucking industry face numerous slip and trip hazards depending on the type of work they do.

This reinforces the importance of three-point contact. Often when a driver slips it is because they failed to use three-point contact when entering or exiting the cab or mounting/dismounting the deck of a trailer. Anytime we are getting in or out of equipment or on and off an elevated platform such as a trailer deck, drivers should maintain three-point contact. Three-point contact significantly reduces the chances of experiencing a slip or fall. Remember that three-point contact means that only one limp is in motion at any given time, this maximizes traction and grip. Always visually check the area you are about to step onto for possible traction issues, ice on steps, ruts on the ground etc. Never use wheel hubs and tires as steps and do not jump down from an elevated position to the ground.

Falls from loading docks, inspection ladders and platforms are also a common occurrence in the transportation industry. Always ensure platforms, trailer decks, docks and ladders are free from debris, ice and snow. Accumulated pools of water can also increase your chances of slipping. Test your footing before committing to the climb when necessary. Remember that metal dock plating and ramps can wear down and become extremely smooth and slippery when wet or contaminated with mud or grease.

Ensure housekeeping is maintained in work areas to minimize tripping hazards and clutter. Wearing slip-resistant footwear or traction aids is an excellent way to minimize slips and falls on many surfaces, however, remember on some surfaces such as bare metal floors or ramps, traction aids can increase your chances of falling. Always ensure your footwear and PPE meets the needs of the area you are working in.

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