Truck drivers work under conditions that are both stressful and hazardous. Compared to the majority of workers in the U.S., truckers are at increased risk of injuries from a wide range of factors, ranging from slips and falls to fatigue to highway collisions. Now a new initiative known as TIRES (the Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis project) has released an interactive tool designed to improve trucker safety while drivers are at work on the road: the TIRES blog.
TIRES was originally conceived and developed as an injury prevention program by the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program, which serves as the research division for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
According to SHARP research, some of the highest injury rates and workers’ compensation claims in Washington state occur in the trucking profession.
Caroline Smith, the project manager for TIRES, explained that “The goal of the TIRES project is to cut down on the injuries truckers suffer and the costs to employers associated with these injuries.” She stated that her program hoped the blog would “help further this important work by sharing information on trucking safety and providing a platform where those in the trucking industry can share stories about trucking hazards and ways they’ve learned to minimize the risks.”
According to data provided by the trucking industry, the most common types of injuries among drivers include:
- Slips and falls
- Strains and sprains
- Hazards from being struck by objects
- Automobile collisions
As a measure to reduce these on-the-job injuries, members of the TIRES project make educational posters and videos available, and collaborate with other trucking industry partners to host the website www.KeepTruckingSafe.org. The new TIRES blog is available on that website, and can also be found at Tires.lni.wa.gov.
If you have an injury or medical condition related to your work in the trucking industry, or in any other injury, contact a Washington Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Emery Reddy today.