New TIRES blog pushes safety for truck drivers

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TUMWATER – Truck drivers are exposed to a slew of hazards, from slips and falls to highway collisions. Now, the Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis project, or TIRES, is rolling out a new tool to help keep truckers safe and on the road the TIRES blog.

TIRES is an injury prevention project developed by the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program, the research unit for the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

SHARP research has shown that trucking has some of the highest injury claims and workers' compensation rates in the state.

"The goal of the TIRES project is to cut down on the injuries truckers suffer and the costs to employers associated with these injuries," said Caroline Smith, TIRES project manager. "We want to use this blog to help further this important work by sharing information on trucking safety and providing a platform where those in the trucking industry can share stories about trucking hazards and ways they've learned to minimize the risks."

The most common types of injuries in the trucking industry include:

  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Strains and sprains.
  • Being struck by an object.
  • Motor vehicle collisions.

The team at TIRES produces posters, videos, and hosts a website, www.KeepTruckingSafe.org, with several trucking industry partners to address these injuries. That's also where you can find the new blog or simply go to Tires.lni.wa.gov.

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For media information: Hector.Castro@Lni.wa.gov, L&I, 360-902-6043.

Broadcast version:
A new blog produced by workplace safety and health researchers with the Department of Labor & Industries will focus on trucking safety. The TIRES blog will share safety information and allow those in the trucking industry to share their stories about dealing with the hazards they face. Trucking has some of the highest injury rates of any industry in Washington. To view the blog, visit TIRES dot LNI dot wa dot gov.

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