Drivers are injured at a rate three times that of employees in all other industries, with the leading cause being slips, trips and falls. Many factors can contribute to these injuries including slick surfaces from inclement weather, substandard footwear, and physical exertion from carrying objects or lack of driver training. The largest number of these injuries occurs upon entering and exiting the vehicle.
The physical demands of trucking are often overlooked or taken for granted in the hiring process as the need to quickly fill driver positions grows to meet the demands of the improving economy. As a group, drivers are aging and suffering from an increasing amount of chronic injuries and illnesses. So safety protocols, driver wellness initiatives and training events that can reduce driver injuries should be integrated into existing safety programs or implemented as standalone efforts to reduce driver injuries and improve fleet productivity.
With many of the injuries occurring when jumping down or climbing into the cab, it is critical that drivers are trained to use three-points of contact, using either two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. This small but significant safety procedure can reduce driver injury considerably. It is also preferable to implement a non-slip shoe policy that requires drivers to wear a work style shoe or boot with non-slip soles. The improved stability of the shoe and more aggressive tread reduces the likelihood of falls when entering and exiting the cab.
Reducing slips, trips and falls can easily be achieved:
• Implement a non-slip footwear policy
• Educate drivers on the dangers of jumping down from elevated surfaces
• Train on using three points of contact whenever climbing into or out of the vehicle
HUB Transportation Insurance Services provides fleet owners risk assessment tools that help you reduce worker loss time due to driver injury. Watch our webinar on fleet safety
that discusses driver training and policies geared toward enhancing driver safety and protecting your business from work time loss.
Implementing a wellness program
can also reduce driver injury and increase driver retention. Contact a HUB Transportation advisor today
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Steven Bojan, is the Vice President - Fleet Risk Services, for the Risk Services Division HUB International. To reach Steven or a local HUB risk services expert click here.