Truck drivers must deal with many hazards over the road. But sometimes it is not the hazard that happens while driving a truck that causes the most injuries to truck drivers. Most accidents come from being careless and not being aware of potential hazards. We will touch on a few tips that will help you be prepared to prevent an injury.
Let’s start with your footwear. Understandably, it is a must to try to save money in many ways, but denying yourself proper footwear is not one of them. Having the wrong shoes in a specific working environment could cause an accident, a loss of a limb, or even death. So, it’s advised that you wear premium gear with the following features:
- Oil-resistant bottom soles
- Soles that are slip resistant
- Composite or steel toe for the protection of your toes
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are very common, especially in wet, dark, and high places. First, let’s talk about getting in and out of your semi-truck or the back of your trailer. When doing it, you should always use three points of contact: two feet on a solid surface and one hand having a firm grip on something that can support your body weight or vice versa, two hands holding onto something and one foot on solid ground.
- Always look for obstacles on the ground, and never stop somewhere before visually inspecting that area. Avoid stepping onto wet areas because this can cause an unsuspected slip.
- When you’re dealing with loading or unloading do not rush, take your time!
- Always be alert before you act.
- Never jump into or out of your semi truck or trailer!
- Always exit your semi-truck facing the cab and your trailer facing the nose of the trailer.
- Remove and properly store all items that obstruct your walking path while navigating throughout the cab.
- Make sure that your floors are clean.
- Properly secure all wires and cords to avoid tripping over them.
- Make sure that all your items are secure if you have any items on your top bunk. We suggest that you place all loose items in your cabinets or drawers.
- Always maintain a safe following distance. If compromising weather conditions increase your normal speeding distance.
- Be aware of potential hazards that may occur. Always keep your head on the swivel.
- Eliminate distractions like phones and handheld devices.
- Keep your C.B. and radio volume to a level where you can hear hazards like tire blowouts and emergency vehicle sirens.
- Maintain a proper seating position in your truck.
We understand that there are some things that you can’t control. As professional drivers, it is important to know your limits but also, to watch out. Knowing yourself and your truck will help you minimize your risk of injury.