Crashes cost motor carriers money! Whether it is in bent up metal, lost cargo, or an injured employee, the costs add up. But did you know slips, trips, and falls may be the industry’s most overlooked and underappreciated threat to drivers’ health and well-being? In fact, an article in trucknews.com points out that almost 80 percent of trucker fall injuries occur close to the cab and not the trailer, box, catwalk, etc., and more than half occur when dismounting.
In the real world of trucking, with so many different locations visited in all weather conditions, this subject can become very real, very fast. So much so, in fact, that Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data show that 27 percent of injuries in the truck transportation industry come from slips, trips, and falls, vs. just 17 percent from injuries sustained in a collision or other motor-vehicle-related incident.
Slip, trip, and fall injuries can have a major impact on a company’s bottom line. Workers’ compensation loss data for our own trucking customers indicates that the average slip/fall on the same level costs over $30,000, and the hidden “indirect” costs can be five times that or more. Awareness of this high cost provides proactive managers a real opportunity, as there are many ways to prevent such injuries through fostering a safe work environment.
Here are steps drivers can take for working smarter and preventing slips, trips, and falls so they can get home safely:
Managers can look for ways to enhance a safe work environment through: