Archive for October, 2018

New Study Suggests Best Practices for Cranking Landing Gear

Best practices for cranking a landing gear.           Shoulder rotator cuff injuries are top safety concerns among truck drivers. A new study in the journal Applied Ergonomics presents helpful insights into how the cranking of landing gear impacts truck drivers’ shoulder conditions. The study used a cranking simulator and motion tracking system to observe the biomechanical effects of cranking landing gear on the shoulder joints of research participants. To reduce shoulder overexertion injuries, researchers suggested the following best practices:

  • when lowering the landing gear the driver should stand facing the trailer.
  • when raising the landing gear the driver should stand and crank parallel to the trailer.

The study can be accessed at the ScienceDirect website.

Please visit for training tools and posters on landing gear safety and other resources to prevent musculoskeletal injuries.

Celebrate the Life of Frank Riordan

Frank Riordan with his granddaughter

Frank Riordan with his granddaughter

It is with great sadness that we share with you of the passing of Frank Riordan, president of the Washington Trucking Associations (WTA). Frank, an outstanding leader in Washington State’s trucking community, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

A memorial to celebrate Frank’s life will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill at Foster’s Golf Links in Tukwila. This will be a casual event to share stories and remember a great man. Parking will be tight, so please carpool if possible.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers for donations to Tukwila Pantry Food Bank.

Read Frank’s obituary


Don’t Miss Out! WTA 2018 Fall Safety Conference is November 1st – 2nd.

The Washington Trucking Associations (WTA) Safety Management Council will hold its 2018 Fall Safety Conference from November 1st – 2nd   in Yakima. Now in its third year, the annual event is a great educational opportunity to learn about the latest safety developments in safety in Washington State’s trucking industry. The two-day conference will feature a line-up of renowned experts from business and government. Vendor exhibits will also showcase the newest products to help keep your drivers safe on the road.

For more details and registration information, please visit the conference website.

WTA Fall Safety Conference