Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES)

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TIRES prevents injuries in the trucking industry

The SHARP program at L&I is conducting in-depth occupational safety and health research in the Washington State trucking industry to identify occupational hazards that put trucking workers at increased risk of injury. The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project, supported in part by federal funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), identifies risk factors for worker injury and collaborates with industry stakeholders to create and share prevention strategies. The TIRES Steering Committee of industry leaders in business and labor provides project review and guidance.

The first decade of research focused on preventing the most common and costly injury types in the trucking industry:

  • Slips, trips, falls.
  • Strains & sprains (musculoskeletal disorders).
  • Getting struck by or against an object.

The project also developed prevention material for the work activities that were associated with the majority of injuries:

  • Loading/unloading and material handling.
  • Exiting the cab or trailer.
  • Walking around the yard, terminal or customer site.
  • Tarping/strapping a load.

Current research is focused on developing a customizable safety program specific to the trucking industry.

Specific outreach goals

1. Build and maintain partnerships with representatives from both management and labor within the trucking industry.
2. Develop and maintain the website Keep Trucking Safe (www.KeepTruckingSafe.org)
3. Publish technical reports describing injuries, trends and costs within the trucking industry by sector through analysis of state workers' compensation data.
4. Conduct case follow-up interviews with injured workers to identify risk factors and solutions.
5. Conduct industry-wide surveys of both employers and employees to identify hazards and risk factors for the targeted injury types, needs and possible solutions based on company type and size.
6. Develop and promote the use of educational materials and other interventions to reduce hazards and injuries.
7. Disseminate findings and information to the Washington trucking industry.
8. Produce a customizable, trucking industry specific, online safety program for small to medium-sized companies.

Safety Program

TIRES Safety Program

The Trucking Project is currently working on developing an online safety program that can be tailored to your specific needs regarding size, type of trucking and other important differences between companies. If you want to be alerted when the safety program is completed and online, please sign up for our KeepTruckingSafe.org newsletter, TIRES Newsletter sign up.



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The TIRES project at the Department of Labor & Industries, SHARP program, has compiled a large library of documents regarding occupational health and safety. Below is a list of select publications from the TIRES project, which includes technical reports, tip sheets, and posters. For all other TIRES publications, please visit: Keeptruckingsafe.org. To hear about new content being added to this list, please sign up for our newsletter TIRES Newsletter sign up.

Tip Sheets

May 2020 - Guard Your Yard

June 2020 - Spotting Hazards

Injury Narratives

Don't Get it Twisted