Fleet Safety Newsletter – May 2014

Fleet Safety Newsletter - March 2014

Driver Slips & Falls
Slip and fall accidents are a significant factor in driver injuries, causing approximately 23% of all injuries involving drivers (BLS 2012). The responsible conditions for the injuries include:

  1. Operating the vehicle (including entering and exiting from the vehicle).
  2. Handling freight (including loading and unloading materials or freight).
  3. Routine walking and climbing around the terminal or customer’s location.

Operating the Vehicle: Entering and Exiting
Driver injuries may occur when getting into, on, off, or out of the vehicle. These accidents are a result of: Jumping — Losing your balance — Slipping when transferring your weight when entering or exiting the vehicle.

To prevent an injury follow these guidelines:

  • When exiting your vehicle always face the vehicle. Never jump!
  • Use the Three-Point Rule. Always keep three points of contact with the vehicle, either one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot.
    • When you transfer your weight from the ground to the vehicle, make sure the surfaces are not slippery or rough, due to snow, ice, wet surfaces, oil, potholes, rocks, etc. Look before you step!
    • When entering or exiting cars and pick-ups trucks, hold onto the door or steering wheel.

Handling Freight
You expose yourself to sprains/strains and slip/falls accident when handling freight.

To prevent an injury follow these guidelines:

  • Use a handcart or other device to move packages that are so large they block your vision.
  • Observe walking surfaces looking for trip hazards.
  • When using a cart, push the cart up the ramp, and back the cart down the ramp.
  • Take small steps rather than large ones on slippery surfaces.

Routine Walking and Climbing
The key to preventing falls from slipping is to have adequate traction between the foot and the walking surface.

To prevent injury consider these guidelines:

  • Use shoes with non-slip soles.
  • During the winter, wear gloves to allow you to hold onto handrails.
  • Never run down stairs. Use the railing for additional support.
  • Wet or oily “diamond plate” can be almost as slippery as a flat surface. Make sure all “diamond plate” surfaces are clean.
  • Rounded surfaces, such as fuel tanks, are extremely slippery, especially when they are wet or have fuel on them.
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For more information on loss control services contact: Jeff Rausch, email: jrausch@rmsc.com, P: 502-708-3124 www.NeaceLukens.com
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