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National Safety Month takes place every June to bring together communities, organizations, and health professionals to help prevent injuries and fatalities at work, at home, and on the road.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2017 preventable workplace injury-related deaths totaled 4,414, and medically consulted injuries totaled 4.5 million. Total injury costs reached an estimated $161.5 billion, including wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor vehicle property damage, and employer costs.

Keeping Truck Drivers Safe

Having a written company safety program is the best way to keep truck drivers safe at work, and it’s the law in Washington State. An effective safety program should include: safety policies, steps to identify job hazards and solutions, an incident reporting system, personal protective equipment standards, and a safety training program. It should also clearly list responsibilities for safety directors, managers, supervisors, and employees. Review, evaluate, and update your safety program often to reduce everyday injury risks and when you change equipment, skills, and supplies.   

Participate in National Safety Month by planning a few training activities that will show your employees how to work safely. 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 KeepTruckingSafe.org.

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.

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