PROFESSIONAL truck drivers can face on-the-job hazards every day, many of which can arise from work-related activities other than driving, such as strapping a load, using a pry bar, or working with landing gear. WorkSafeBC, in partnership with Safety Driven – Trucking Safety Council of BC, is introducing a new video series and set of corresponding resources to help reduce the risk of injury to drivers.
From 2008-17, the transport truck driver occupation in BC had more than 20,700 time-loss injury claims and 140 work-related deaths.
Three new information sheets assist employers in providing ways to reduce the risk of injury to truck drivers when using pry bars, working with landing gear, and strapping a load:
The three new videos were produced which depict the stories of three professional truck drivers whose lives change dramatically after they’re injured on the job:
- Arvind’s Story: Long-Haul Truck Driver Safety
Meet Arvind: Part-time farmer, long-haul truck driver, hockey dad. Watch what happens when his life takes a bad turn after he falls while exiting the cab of his truck.
- Joe’s Story: Short-Haul Truck Driver Safety
Meet Joe: Dog-father, truck driver, cooking show enthusiast. Watch what happens when his life takes a bad turn after he injures his back while operating the landing gear on his trailer.
- Donna’s Story: Delivery Truck Driver Safety
Meet Donna: Mom, delivery truck driver, amateur tennis player. Watch what happens when her life takes a bad turn after she’s struck by a pry bar while securing a load.
Visit WorkSafeBC’s Commercial trucking and Transportation information online to learn more, as well as SafetyDriven.ca. WorkSafeBC has also produced a new online interactive tool, illustrating professional truck driver injury statistics by year, claim type, accident type, gender, age, and sample incident descriptions.