Truckers and injuries: they don’t have to be synonymous
By: Kathy Close
Publication: Transportation Security & Risk Management Today
Date Posted: 03/15/2017
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the most common injuries and illnesses reported for truckers include:
- Strains and sprains (50 percent)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Soreness and pain
- Multiple traumatic injuries
OSHA reports that these workplace injuries and illness are the result of:
- Contact with objects
- Being struck by an object
- Falling (on the same level)
- Transportation accidents
By the nature of the position, everyday activities can put your drivers at risk of being injured.
Even though many of OSHA’s standards do not apply to the time your drivers spend on the road, the General Duty Clause is still relevant to them. You need to ensure your employees, including drivers, are protected from recognized, serious hazards, regardless of whether there is a specific standard addressing that hazard.
Handling remote workers
Since drivers work remotely, controlling their work environment may seem out of your hands. But it is still worth your effort to perform a job hazard analysis (JHA) by watching how your team performs common tasks. You may be able to improve upon work practices, including leaning up processes, providing appropriate personal protective equipment, and instilling caution in the steps they take each day.
Even though studying your injury and illness reports provides trends and areas to improve upon, it still comes down to being proactive rather than reactive. A JHA may offer an opportunity to discover risks you never knew existed. In turn, you may need to update policies, procedures, and training.
Companies that have a lot of workplace injuries will probably also have a high turnover rate, and its reputation will deter others from applying. If you show you care about the safety and well-being of your staff, you may see more individuals applying and staying for the long haul!
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