www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16961-you-have-arrived-at-your-destination-new-flier-offers-best-practices-for-tractor-trailer-drivers
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You have arrived at your destination: New flier offers best practices for tractor-trailer drivers

May 1, 2018

Washington — OSHA and the trucking industry have partnered on a flier intended to raise awareness of the three most common hazards tractor-trailer drivers face after reaching their destinations.

The flier provides tips for parking, backing up and coupling/uncoupling vehicles. Among the tips:

Parking:

  • Park on level ground and close to the receiving door or site.
  • Set and test brakes.
  • Place wheel chocks between the tandem wheels of the trailer.
  • Do not attempt to stop a rolling vehicle.

Backing up:

  • GOAL: Get Out And Look.
  • Use flashers, horn and backup alarms.
  • Check both mirrors.
  • Roll down windows to hear.
  • Know the vehicle’s blind spots.
  • Use a spotter.
  • Back up slowly.
  • Stand clear when opening doors for unloading.

Coupling/uncoupling:

  • Ensure only trained workers perform this procedure.
  • Wear bright, visible clothing.
  • Set parking brakes and perform tug test.
  • Ensure stable footing when releasing the fifth wheel or adjusting tandems.
  • Keep clear of tires and frames.
  • Check for vehicular traffic near you.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 of the 96 truck transportation fatalities in Midwestern states from 2015 to 2017 occurred during coupling/uncoupling activities.