by Walt Rostykus, CPE
I just found out about a great resource on injury prevention in trucking industry operations. The report, Preventing Injuries in the Trucking Industry: Focus Report (Technical Report Number 90-17-2008), is the result of Barbara Silverstein and a team of professionals and sponsored by the SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, and Keep Trucking Safe. The report found that musculoskeletal disorders were the highest incident injury in General and Specialized Freight Truck Transportation, Courier and Messenger Service, and Waste Management and Remediation Services.
The study provided information on exposures specific to the industry. I have had several inquiries from people involved in transportation and direct delivery tasks who are looking for some quantification and validation of the challenges and hazards that they see at their operation. This study (of trucking injuries within Washington State from 1997 to 2005) is a strong resource of information and solutions for similar operations. I found it interesting that MSDs accounted for 36-48% of reported injuries in trucking operations. The report goes on to provide solutions for common hazards of trucking tasks.
Check it out—this is a good resource for any safety and ergonomics professional supporting truck and transport tasks. And keep on truckin’.