Most Winter Injuries are 100% preventable
Crashes get all the attention during winter, but most injuries happen while the vehicle is stopped. That's right, the vast majority of driver injuries this winter will be related to preventable slips, trips, falls and distractions.
The good news is, you can prevent the vast majority of these injuries with – you guessed it! – training. By training drivers in good injury prevention habits now, you can save a lot of time, money and pain (literally!) for years to come.
Printable Poster: Prevent Winter Injuries in just 5 S.T.E.P.S.
If you're ready to step up your injury prevention training, this free poster 5 S.T.E.P.S. to Prevent Injuries This Winter is just what the doctor ordered.
Based on ITI's course on the same topic, the poster outlines 5 simple steps every employee can take to stay safe and injury-free this winter. Combine all the first letters, and they even spell "STEPS"! The best part, though? They won't cost you a penny. The steps are:
1. Stay in Control.
Most injuries are caused by rushing and distraction, and winter weather increases the risk. Staying in control means staying focused and taking time to complete a task safely.
2. Take Care and Look.
Stay alert to stay safe. Proactively look out for winter hazards like icy patches, slippery tiles and falling icicles.
3. Ensure a Good Grip.
Whether lifting a package, climbing a ladder, or exiting a vehicle, maintaining a good grip with both hands will help prevent falls and dropped cargo.
4. Plan for Success.
Simple steps, like walking a delivery path in advance, warming up before physical activity and wearing weather-appropriate clothing, can help you plan for success and prevent injuries.
5. Strains Mean Pain.
If an activity causes strain on the joints or muscles, it's more likely to lead to injury. If you can, try to warm up first!
Post our infographic in your driver portal, share it in your weekly safety messages, include it in your OSHA driver training, or print it out to hang in your break rooms! Click here for a printable version.
Want more injury prevention training tips?
Of course you do! Get our Ultimate Training Guide to Preventing Out-of-Vehicle Injuries for practical tips to reduce injuries and workers' comp claims. Best of all, they're fast, easy and inexpensive to implement.
Assign the Course to Your Fleet
Both ClearDrive and PRO-TREAD clients can assign the STEPS to Injury Prevention course to your company in Sentix. Or if you want help assigning it to a certain group — just warehouse employees, for example — you can do that too.
And if you want to kick around a few ideas, get in touch with our Client Services team! They can build a group, assign the course, schedule, add it to groups, or anything else you need.