Driving a truck is a very demanding job. Lack of sleep makes it more difficult to meet the demands of the job and increases your risk for drowsy driving and vehicle crashes. This could mean the difference between stopping with a vehicle just in front of your bumper, or with it in your seat.
Promoting health at the workplace requires a holistic approach. Any initiatives should consider the worker’s private life, their working life, and the interaction between the two. Working conditions are known to influence the general health of workers; for example, sedentary work can contribute to obesity.
|(European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)|
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing tougher standards for sleep apnea evaluation, as reported by TruckingInfo.
A health and safety blog for the trucking industry.
|(Washington Department of Labor and Industries)|
IRES is a research project developed by the SHARP program at the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. SHARP’s research shows that trucking has some of the highest claims rates and costs in the State of Washington.
This Oregon OSHA fact sheet describes fall protection requirements while tarping loads.
This Oregon OSHA fact sheet fall protection as it relates to applying tarps to load tops.
SHIFT is a safety and health program designed especially for commercial truck drivers. The goals of the program are to help drivers: (1) achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and (2) prevent workplace injuries and crashes. In addition to supporting the SHIFT program, this website is meant to help ALL drivers find great safety and health information.
The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) Initiative was developed by the SHARP research program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. This report provides employers, supervisors, employees in the trucking industry, along with safety and health professionals, with information on claims, claim rates, costs, common causes and prevention ideas.
This July 13 2007 article provided by Ergoweb discusses how the trucking industry is beginning to wake up to the benefits of having healthy drivers
Implementing an effective motor carrier safety program presents unique challenges to safety professionals. In addition to the risk of injury for employees and other motorists, motor carrier accidents involving hazardous materials can have serious environmental and security ramifications. However, a traditional safety program may not be as effective for motor carrier drivers, who are not part of a conventional workplace and are independent by nature.
The crash risk for truck drivers in the last hour of a now legal 11-hour day behind the wheel is more than three times higher than during the first hour, a Penn State research team has found.
|(Penn State University)|
This datasheet lists, in a standard format, different hazards to which truck drivers may be exposed in the course of their normal work. This datasheet is a source of information rather than advice. With the knowledge of what causes injuries and diseases, it is easier to design and implement suitable measures towards prevention.
This program informs drivers of the potentially damaging effects of vibration on the body while sitting in a moving vehicle.
Workers in the trucking industry experienced the the most fatalities of all occupations, accounting for 12 percent of all worker deaths. About two-thirds of fatally injured truckers were involved in highway crashes.