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The 2020 Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference Will Be Online September 21-25

The 69th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference will take place online September 21-25, due to COVID-19. The conference offers training and education on the latest tools, technologies, and strategies to improve workplace safety and health. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board (GISHAB) sponsor the conference.

This year’s virtual event will feature 25 cutting-edge sessions presented by safety and health experts from many fields. Many sessions will present the latest information on COVID-19 and how companies are managing their workplaces under the pandemic. Session recordings will also be available on demand for 30 days. The conference’s keynote speaker will be top mind wellness and burnout expert, Jessica Rector, whose career highlights have included hosting a TV talk show and winning a #1 sales performer award at a Fortune 100 company. Jessica’s presentation will cover managing workforce burnout and stress. Optional pre-conference training classes on September 21 will offer in-depth opportunities to learn about climate change and worker health and the telecommunications competent person-rule. Don’t miss out!

Event details and online registration are available on the conference website. Online pre-registration is $225 per person for the general conference. A $50 discount rate is available for students and apprentices. Register early because rates increase on September 22.

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The 2019 Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference is September 24-26

The 68th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference will be at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center September 24-26, 2019. The conference offers training and education on the latest tools, technologies, and strategies to improve workplace safety and health. Each year the conference attracts around 1,000 attendees and more than 300 volunteers from different industries.

This year’s event will feature over 80 cutting-edge workshops presented by safety and health experts from many fields. The keynote speaker will be Todd Conklin, who spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Pre-conference training classes on September 24 will also offer in-depth opportunities to learn about workplace violence prevention in healthcare, mental health first aid, confined space rescue, and silica exposure prevention in construction, maritime, and general industries.

The conference is a great opportunity for participants to learn about the latest best practices, watch demonstrations, examine new products, and network with peers. Register by August 31 for best attendee rates. Don’t miss out!

Details and registration information are available on the conference website.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2019 is September 8-14.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time to pause and reflect on the importance of truck drivers in keeping the country moving. Our everyday lives depend on them. The food on our table, the clothes on our back, the electronic gadgets in our hands, the construction materials for our buildings, roads, and bridges are all transported by truck. Without truck drivers, our world would come to a grinding halt. A truck driver is someone who performs a job that requires commitment, professionalism, safety awareness, and plenty of sacrifice that includes working long periods away from home and family. So next time you see a truck driver, say thank you.

There are many ways to show thanks to truck drivers. The Washington Trucking Associations is honoring truck drivers by hosting several events during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The following is a list of events where you can stop by for some breakfast or lunch with truck drivers and have a chance to say, “Hello, thanks for all you do.”

Monday, September 9

Scatter Creek Rest Area (just north of exit 88 on I-5)

Breakfast provided by Cattleman’s Food Truck & BBQ lunch provided by Foster Farms & DSU Peterbilt & GMC, Inc.

Tuesday, September 10

Bow Hill Scale House

Food Trucks Sponsored by Kam-Way Transportation & Ludtke Pacific Trucking, Inc.

Thursday, September 12


Exact location & Food Trucks TBD, Breakfast catered by Jaunderfull Edibles

Friday, September 13

Grandview Scale House

Food Trucks TBD, Breakfast catered by Jaunderfull Edibles


Details for all events

Breakfast is 6 to 9 a.m.

Lunch is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


For more information about National Truck Driver Appreciation Week please visit the American Trucking Associations website.

For more information about the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week events in Washington State, please visit the Washington Trucking Associations.

Safe + Sound Week 2019

From August 12 – 18, Safe + Sound Week will bring nationwide attention to the importance of workplace safety and health programs for preventing employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The annual event encourages participation to help businesses get started with new safety programs and to re-energize existing ones. Company safety programs save lives, sustain health, and prevent costly injuries that can hurt your bottom line.

In Washington State, employers are required to develop, supervise, and enforce a safety program that is effective in practice. Despite this requirement, the lack of a company safety program continues to be the top safety violation for trucking companies in Washington. Safety programs that go beyond basic compliance feature management commitment, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, safety training and education, and program evaluation.

Participation in Safe + Sound Week is easy. You can plan your own activities such as holding brief toolbox talks, lunch-n-learns, safety trivia contests, safe worker recognition awards, hazard identification walk-throughs, or a safety retreat day for evaluating workplace safety and brainstorming new ideas.

You can also attend free introductory safety and health management courses at the OSHA Training Institute Education Center. The interactive courses will be available on August 16 in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.  Get course information and register here.

For more information on Safe + Sound Week 2019, and to let others know that you are participating, please visit OSHA.

Please visit the Keep Tucking Safe website for free trucking-related training and informational safety program resources.

For additional safety program resources please visit the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

The Champions for 2019!

The competition was explosive at the Washington Trucking Associations’ Truck and Step Van Driving Championships on June 22nd in Tacoma. The champions will go to the national event, August 14-17, 2019, in Pittsburgh, PA. Over 430 of the nation’s best and safest drivers will be competing in front of thousands of fans for top recognition in eight classes. The event has a long history – going back to 1937 when it was the National Truck Roadeo. All events are free to observers so if you want an excuse to visit Pittsburgh, here’s your chance to support our drivers.

Washington’s list of champions:

Grand Champion: Gary Herrygers, The Boeing Company


Rookie of the Year: Danny Ross, Safeway


Pre-trip: David Turley, Old Dominion Freight Line


And for the events:

Class/Place Driver Company
3 Axle
1st Chris Poynor XPO Logistics
2nd Robert Ludington Reddaway
3rd Fabien Boucher The Boeing Company
4 Axle
1st Tim Davis Peninsula Truck Lines
2nd Raymond Kerr Reddaway
3rd Daniel Crawford Fed Ex Freight
5 Axle
1st Gary Herrygers The Boeing Company
2nd Arlie Fase Old Dominion Freight Line
3rd Jack Lakey Old Dominion Freight Line
1st David Turley Old Dominion Freight Line
2nd Jeffrey Maas The Boeing Company
3rd Joshua Hicks Old Dominion Freight Line
1st Russell Miller Safeway
2nd Robert Yun The Boeing Company
3rd Nicholas Barrett Old Dominion Freight Line
1st Cedric Pack Fed Ex Freight
2nd Joshua Pabst Fed Ex Ground
3rd Pete Colantes Fed Ex Express
1st Clint Anderson Fed Ex Express
2nd Julie Young Reddaway
3rd Roman Kilinkardis Fed Ex Freight
1st Michael Mygatt The Boeing Company
2nd Victor Skoglund Fed Ex Freight
3rd Danny Ross Safeway
1st David Sutton Oak Harbor Freight Lines
2nd David Faust Old Dominion Freight Line
3rd Russell Ramirez Old Dominion Freight Line

Washington State Trucking Company Steps Up to Help Find Missing Native American Woman

 Kam-Way Transportation of Blaine, WA, is offering three trailers to the Homeward Bound program of the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit. The program uses commercial vehicles to help recover some of the many thousands of children and young adults who are reported missing in the state each year. Trooper Renee Padgett of the WSP’s Commercial Vehicle Division founded Homeward Bound in 2005. Trooper Padgett shared her vision then with the former Gordon Trucking, Inc. to display high visibility images of missing people on the sides of semi-trailers. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that public pictures help recover 1 out of 6 missing children. According to WSP, three children featured on trucks have been recovered since Homeward Bound began. Trooper Padgett passed away in 2018 after a long battle with cancer.


At a June 5th ceremony in Olympia, Kam-Way unveiled one of its trailers showing images of Alyssa McLemore, a 21-year-old mother from Kent who went missing without a trace in 2009. Kam-Way’s owner and CEO Kam Sihota stated, “I’m truly blessed and honored to carry this program forward. If there needs to be another hundred trailers we are committed to bring that forward.” WSP Chief John Batiste honored Sihota with a Chief’s Specialty Award. Laurie Glavin, Kam-Way’s safety manager, also received a Chief’s Coin for her leadership in the project. Chief Batiste proclaimed “We are proud as an agency to be members of this cause.”Image of state troopers


The struggle to locate McLemore, a woman of mixed Aleut and African American heritage, also brings attention to the very high rates of disappearances and killings of Native American women. The FBI’s National Crime Information Center indicates that, in 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls.

In March 2018, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 2951 which requires WSP to work with federally recognized tribes, tribal police, and the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, to study how to improve reporting and identifying missing Native American women in Washington State. In 2018, the U.S. Congress designated May 5th to be the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. McLemore’s family has remained committed to finding their loved one with support from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.

Anybody with information on what happened to Alyssa McLemore, or any other missing person is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


For more information about missing persons in Washington State and other places, please visit:

Washington State Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs Missing Persons website

Washington State Patrol Amber and Missing Person’s Alerts

The Truckers Missing Child Project

Truckers Against Trafficking

National Forklift Safety Day is June 11

Image source: Industrial Truck Association

National Forklift Safety Day will take place on June 11. The annual observance began in 2014 as an effort of the Industrial Truck Association to promote forklift safety awareness across the country. The annual event engages private and public stakeholders to focus on forklift safety best practices, operator training, and daily inspections to prevent injuries, fatalities, equipment damage, and many other costly losses.

First used over 100 years ago, forklifts are vital to freight handling in the commercial transportation and warehousing industry. As the most common type of powered industrial truck, forklifts are used in many different work environments to lift, move, and place loads weighing up to 70 tons. Despite their utility, forklifts can also cause injuries and deaths when used improperly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forklift-related incidents killed 412 workers from 2011 to 2016. In the same period, 42,180 workers sustained serious time-loss injuries in a survey of 230,000 companies and state and local governments. Top causes of forklift incidents include tip-over, crushing, and struck-by hazards.

In trucking, the use of forklifts to load and unload trailers puts truck drivers at high risk of being crushed or struck. Unpublished Washington State workers’ compensation data shows that 501 forklift-related injuries occurred within the general and specialized freight trucking sectors between 2006 and 2018. This represents 36 percent of the total forklift related injuries in the State’s transportation and warehousing industry. A third of these injuries were serious, resulting in monthly time-loss claims.

Give a boost to forklift safety in your workplace by holding a Forklift Safety Day event that educates truck drivers about forklift hazards and safe operation. This could include having a special safety meeting, safety knowledge contests, celebrating successes, starting a new safety practice, performing a job hazard analysis, refresher training, reviewing safety bulletins or watching a safety video. Show your commitment to workplace injury prevention by making sure your company safety program trains, evaluates, and retrains all employees who use forklifts.

Visit the following links to get free training materials to prevent forklift injuries:

Forklift safety training materials

Tight Squeeze forklift safety poster

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries:

Safety Topics: Powered Industrial Trucks

Forklifts Training Kit

Forklift Safety Guide

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool

Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts

Industrial Truck Association:

National Forklift Safety Day website

National Missing Children’s Day is May 25th

Image source: U.S. Department of Justice

The annual commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day began in 1983 after several high-profile disappearances took place, including the kidnappings and murders of 6-year-old boys Etan Patz and Adam Walsh and the alarming recoveries of twenty-nine bodies of children and young adults in Atlanta. National Missing Children’s Day honors missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been recovered. It also raises awareness of the need to improve the effectiveness of searching for those still missing.

The Problem

At the end of 2017, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center had active records on 88,089 missing persons. Children and young adults under the age of 21 accounted for 46.6 percent of the total records. Hundreds of thousands of new records are added each year, but fortunately most of these are found. The top circumstance for those who go missing is running away from home followed by abductions by non-custodial parents or strangers. One in seven of the more than 23,500 runaways reported in 2018 to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely victims of sex trafficking.

Truck Drivers Can Help

Being on the road puts truck drivers in a vital position to be the eyes and ears that help find a missing child. The trucking industry is a hot spot for sex trafficking because truck stops are ideal places to offer sexual services because interactions between prostitutes and customers can easily remain anonymous with little law enforcement presence and close access to highways.

Drivers can join several awareness efforts that are in place to support this important work. Founded in 2012, The Truckers Missing Child Project uses social media like Twitter and Facebook to share information with truck drivers about missing children and Amber Alerts. The project’s secondary mission is to help end human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, and child abuse and child porn, which often exploit missing children. Truckers Against Trafficking began in 2009 as an initiative of Chapter 61 Ministries. The organization’s goals include saturating trucking and busing industries with anti-trafficking materials, partnering with law enforcement and government agencies to help investigate trafficking, and working with other partners fighting against trafficking. Please visit these groups’ websites to learn more how you can help in this worthy cause.

Washington State Patrol’s Missing Persons Day on May 25th

This Saturday, May 25th, the Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit will hold its 1st Annual Washington State Missing Persons Day. Taking place in Olympia at the State Capitol from 10am-2pm, the event will raise awareness of missing persons in the State and give encouragement to their families and friends. Families attending the event will be able to check on their loved one’s missing person’s status report. Law enforcement staff will be available to obtain reference DNA from families to enter into a national data system that compares it against any unidentified persons recovered in the U.S. Parents will also be able to receive free Child Fingerprint ID Kits and other information to help them be prepared in case their child goes missing.

For more information about missing persons in Washington State, please visit:

Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs:

Washington State Missing Persons web site

Washington State Patrol Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit:

Amber and Missing Person’s Alerts

Get Ready for National Safety Month

National Safety Month takes place annually in June to raise awareness of the leading causes of injury at work, at home, and on the road. During the month-long observance, thousands of communities, organizations, and health professionals will join together to help people identify dangerous and deadly hazards to prevent injuries and fatalities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 preventable injury-related deaths totaled 4,414, and medically consulted injuries totaled 4.5 million. Total injury costs were estimated at $161.5 billion, including wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor vehicle property damage, and employer costs.
Each week of National Safety Month will have a specific prevention focus:

  • Week 1: Hazard Recognition
  • Week 2: Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Week 3: Fatigue
  • Week 4: Impairment

It’s easy to participate in National Safety Month. Start by selecting and planning activities that will teach your employees how to be safe at work and at home. Some ideas to help get you going include having a safety fair, 5-minute toolbox talks, tip sheets, hands-on training, holding a lunch-n-learn, safety trivia contests, and safety excellence awards.

Check out the links below for resources to plan your events:

Free trucking safety training materials at

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries training, videos & workshops.

National Safety Month training resources from the National Safety Council.

Take the SafeAtWork Pledge and let others know here.

On Your Marks! Get Set for the 2019 Truck Driving Championships!

The Truck Driving and Step Van Driving Championships will roll in Tacoma on June 22nd. Enjoy the fun and high energy excitement as Washington’s best drivers compete for spots in the national event in Pittsburgh. Last year, nearly 100 professional drivers across 9 truck classes competed for the top scores in the written test, pre-trip inspection, and skills courses. Bring your families and friends to support the drivers and the industry’s commitment to safety. And check out the trucks!

No registration is necessary for spectators – it’s free to attend!

You can also join the dedicated volunteers who make this amazing event happen by helping them set up the course or serve as a timekeeper or judge.

Make sure to stop by the TIRES tent to say hi and test your skills on our training simulations. Take some free injury prevention materials for your next safety meetings or trainings. We will also have mountains of fresh, hot, buttery popcorn to make your taste buds explode! Hope to see you all there!

The competition will take place on June 22nd at Reddaway Trucking, 802 E. 11th Street, Tacoma, WA (map).

Drivers report at 7am and the course will start around 10am.

To register, volunteer, or get other information about the event, please email or contact the Washington Trucking Associations office at (253) 838-1650.