By Jena Williams

Open book, cheat sheet, one 3×5 note card, you can use your review sheet on this test…Weren’t those the words that brought music to your ears back in school? What if your instructor told you that you can borrow the test taken by someone last year to study with? You’d know what they got right and what they missed and what to study. How cool would that be???

Well here’s your opportunity to study off of someone else’s test; in fact it’s your opportunity to study off the tests of everyone who took it over the past five years. A new report from Washington State’s Department of Labor & Industries gives you the most commonly missed topics on inspections in the state’s most hazardous industries. You have the privilege of learning from their experience and protecting your workforce at the same time!

Where does trucking rank in the top 25 hazardous industries? General Freight Trucking (NAICS 4841) rates number two as Washington’s most hazardous industry. The summary report released in December 2012 examines occupational injury and illness data including safety and health violations cited by industry from 2006 through 2010.

You’re probably thinking, so what, we know trucking is a risky industry, what good is another report that tells us what we already know? Well, my hope, and the mission of TIRES, is to use data to target the most common and costly injuries. And maybe, since this report also explores the most common violations found by DOSH, you can use the information to make sure your company is in compliance before that inspector shows up.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather learn from others’ mistakes or trials than my own…Yeah, I know, not very considerate, but why should we both suffer needlessly??? Below are links to the report by industry sector. It might save you time, money and a potential injury to a valuable employee to quickly run through the Top 10 Violations for your sector to make sure your company is prepared.

Injury-wise, this report reaffirms earlier research by TIRES that injuries to muscles, tendons and joints (musculoskeletal disorders), falls, and struck by injuries are the most common and costly injuries to address in the trucking industry. This is why we are continuing to work with and support you to eliminate these injuries. TIRES has produced materials to address the tasks where the injuries are occurring. We want you to be safe and we’ll do whatever we can to support you to get there.

Check these links out:

Entering and exiting the cab or trailer:
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/game.html
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/hazardpreventiontools.html#safetyplanCabentry

Walking around the work zone:
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/game_2.html
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/hazardpreventiontools.html#safetyplanYard

Strapping down or tarping the load:
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/game_4_binders.html
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/game_3_tarping.html
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/hazardpreventiontools.html#safetyplanLoadsecurement

Loading including manual handling:
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/hazardpreventiontools.html#safetyplanLoadunload
http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/hazardpreventiontools.html#safetyplanLifting

Washington State Top 25 Hazardous Industries report: http://www.lni.wa.gov/IPUB/417-243-000.pdf