Safety Newsletter – June 2021
Managing the space around your truck and trailer is very important, especially when it comes to making turns. It you don’t give yourself enough space to safely maneuver your vehicle, you run the risk of hitting another vehicle or object, causing an accident, incident, or injury. Below are some tips to help you turn safely.
- If you are driving a truck or bus that cannot make the right turn without swinging into another lane, turn wide as you complete the turn. Keep the rear of your vehicle close to the curb. This will stop other drivers from passing you on the right.
- Do not turn wide to the left as you start the turn. A following driver may think you are turning left and try to pass you on the right. You may crash into the other vehicle as you complete your turn.
- If you must cross into the oncoming lane to make a turn, watch out for vehicles coming toward you. Give them room to go by or to stop. However, do not back up for them, because you might hit someone behind you.
- Make sure you have reached the center of the intersection before you start the left turn. If you turn too soon, the left side of your vehicle may hit another vehicle because of off-tracking.
- If there are two turning lanes, always take the right-hand turn lane. Do not start in the inside lane because you may have to swing right to make the turn. Drivers on your left can be more readily seen.
Tips for Preventing Back Injuries
One of the most common injuries we see with Fundamental drivers are back injuries. Below are some tips and reminders on how to prevent yourself from suffering from a back injury on the job.
- Get help for heavy or bulky objects and use lift assist equipment whenever available.
- Be aware of stairs or tripping hazards.
- Lift with your legs, not your back and avoid twisting your body when lifting or carrying.
- Squat down close to the load, keep your back straight, and lift slowly with leg power.
- If something heavy is falling, don’t try to catch it.