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Levelling Dock Plate Injuries

Securing trucks at the dock can cause injuries to muscles, tendons, and joints while lifting and moving the mechanical dock plate into position. Switching to a push button controlled powered dock leveler removes the need to pull or manipulate heavy dock components. Powered dock levelers can also smooth out forklift travel between dock and trailer, reducing vibrations to the driver’s body. This type of system can also help prevent a fall from the dock while docking or closing a trailer.

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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.

Get Ready Now as CVSA Inspection and Enforcement Blitz Coming Soon

Get Ready Now as CVSA Inspection and Enforcement Blitz Coming Soon

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer performing Level 1 inspection Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

By: Paul Karolczyk

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its 31st Annual International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement blitz from June 5 – 7.  The event will emphasize hours-of-service compliance, which topped last year’s list of 15,000 out-of-service violations. Another reason for this year’s special emphasis is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent electronic logging device mandate that eliminated  traditional paper logs for most carriers. Previous Roadchecks have spotlighted categories of violations that include hazardous materials/dangerous goods, cargo securement, and tire safety.

During the 72-hour event, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting high-volume, high-visibility North American Standard Level-1 Inspections of large trucks and buses at inspection sites, weigh stations, and roving patrol locations along major highways in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The 37-step inspection includes checking driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical systems. Inspectors will ask drivers to show their operating credentials and hours-of-service logs, check seat belt usage, and be attentive to alcohol and/or drug impairment. Mechanical fitness inspections include checking braking systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers.

One of the best ways to stay compliant and prevent violations is to do a pre-trip inspection. Sharpen up your inspection skills by using the pre-trip simulation tool from

To learn more about the annual International Roadcheck and North American Standard Level-1 Inspection procedure, please visit:

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Tarping tips from Santa

By Jena Williams

Santa has safely performed billions of on-time deliveries and stayed injury-free for over 1,600 years. “How?” you ask?  Because he has mastered the art of safely tarping his sleigh, of course!

Allow Santa to give you some tips and you’ll be safely on your way, too!

Click image to try simulation.

Click image to try simulation.

Link to Santa’s safe-tarping simulation:

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Excerpt from: A Visit from St. Nicholas by CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE

Severe weather calls for appropriate footwear

By Jena Williams

Click image to try the simulation.

Click image to try the simulation.

We all want to prevent falls. Even slips without a fall can cause painful tweaks to backs, necks or knees, so it’s important to keep slip prevention on the front burner especially as the weather changes. Shine the spotlight on the topic with this fun simulation.

Change the driver’s footwear, task and environment to tackle topics like:

  • Appropriate, slip resistant footwear
  • Walking carefully instead of rushing
  • Cleaning up or reporting spills or debris
  • Reporting worn cab steps or potholes in the yard for maintenance

Employers should develop a process to prevent slips by dealing with icy conditions or water accumulation at work sites.

Bonus: Click for a truck driver’s winter survival kit

Test your tire chaining knowledge

By Jena Williams

Click photo to access tire chaining challenge.

Click photo to access tire chaining challenge.

You’ve got chains, but do you know how to use them? Prove it to yourself by testing your knowledge with this fun simulation. Compare the novice and professional drivers as they chain up their tires. See if you can find all 10 differences.

If you’ve been driving for a while, share your advice in the comments below to help newer drivers prepare for winter.

Now is also the time to inspect your chains before you find yourself on a snowy mountain pass. Here are tire chaining tips to get you started.

Tire chaining simulation:

Tips for hanging iron:

Tips for inspecting your chains:

Top 5

By Jena Williams


Our hope in developing the TIRES blog is to open up conversation with you, our readers, on topics of interest to the trucking community, especially as it relates to health and safety.

We truly believe that by combining our efforts, knowledge and expertise we can make a difference in the industry to make it safer and to keep our valuable workers on the job as long as possible.

Across the nation, the labor pool is aging with the average age in trucking being over 50. Finding and keeping capable workers is necessary to stay in business. Keeping them safe, healthy and on the job is our mutual goal.

So I hope you’ll join me in the discussion this year. But first, let’s review the top 5 blog articles as accessed by our readers in 2013:

First place: Surprisingly, this one was originally published March 5, 2012, Tire Sock” – an alternative to chains?

Second place: Published December 1, 2011, Santa Claus is coming to town…

Third place: Published January 14, 2013, In Memoriam

Fourth place: Published March 4, 2013 What’s March Madness got to do with trucking?

And finally in fifth place: Published January 4, 2013 Here’s your opportunity to make an impact

What topics do you want to discuss in 2014? Please respond in the comments below.

Heavy tarps getting you down?

By Jena Williams

The jolly ‘ol elf has got some ideas to make tarping easier on you and your back. Check out this fun interactive training:

Need more ideas for safe tarping?

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Slip, sliding away…

By Jena Williams

This is the time of year to think about not slip, sliding away! Instead let’s focus on traction and how to stay on your feet in various elements. Learn from Santa as he demonstrates tasks, footwear and the co-efficient of friction. Who knew Santa was a physics genius?

Prevent Slips Training Simulation:

Here’s more for your toolbox talks on slip, trip and fall prevention:

Tread lightly?

By Jena Williams

Slip and fall injuries plague the trucking industry during the winter months. There are a variety of factors to look out for: An early freeze can take down drivers when they go to leave their cabs first thing in the morning as will a slippery patch in a lesser-used portion of the delivery bay.  Ice and darker conditions often combine to, well, make things more of a challenge.

The good news is that you can prepare to take the challenge head on and prevail!

Drivers – check the tread on your footwear for wear. Put away the cowboy boots and sneakers and bring out the work boots.

Employers – inspect your bays and parking areas. Fill potholes and keep icy areas sanded. Enforce proper footwear.

What has task, environment and footwear got to do with it? This interactive training shows how all three impact the friction needed to keep you on your feet. In other words:  fun, comedic training for injury prevention:

Need safety posters and tip sheets? is at your service:

Wear the footwear of the pros:

Don’t let your footwear get you down:

Inspect your boots:

Stay safe out there!