Why Do Injuries Happen?
Pop quiz! What's the most common cause of injuries in a fleet? It's not highway crashes or even parking lot collisions. Believe it or not, most injuries happen while the vehicle is stopped. They're things like slipping on an icy patch, tripping on a sidewalk curb while carrying an awkward package, or jumping down from the cab and rolling an ankle.
These injuries are almost always 100% preventable. That might sound frustrating, but it's actually good news. It means that a small investment in injury prevention training now can pay dividends (and prevent injuries) for years.
Printable Poster: Top 7 Causes of Out-of-Vehicle Injuries
So if highway crashes aren't the biggest cause of injuries, what is? Our handy infographic covers the top 7 causes of out-of-vehicle injuries, including tips on how to prevent them. They are:
Rushing does not save time! It can, however, lead to injury or damaged cargo.
Not just a hazard while driving, distractions are a common cause of slips, trips and falls.
3. Improper Lifting.
Poor lifting techniques can lead to serious injury.Drivers also shouldn't try to stop or catch falling cargo. It's not worth the risk!
4. Repetitive Strain.
When performing repetitive movements, drivers should stretch regularly to give their muscles and joints a break.
5. Getting In and Out of the Vehicle.
Drivers should maintain 3 points of contact (both feet and one hand, or both hands and one foot) when getting in and out of the vehicle.
6. Cold Muscles.
Cold muscles are more susceptible to injury. Encourage drivers to stretch and warm up their muscles before starting strenuous activity.
7. Lift Gate.
Train drivers to operate a lift gate before sending them out on a job. Drivers should never try to fix a broken lift gate! Call maintenance instead.
Print out this infographic for your next OSHA driver training session, post a copy in your warehouse or break rooms, upload it to your driver portal, or share it with drivers via email! Click here for a printable version.
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