Safety Newsletter – September 2021
Back to School Safety
Fall is here and school is back in session! This means more traffic on the roads, more pedestrians crossing the street, and slowdowns in school zones. In all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Please read the below tips on how to safely share the road with school busses and children going back to school.
- If you are driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car.
- Do not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert; children are often unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
Shoulder Injury Prevention
Shoulder injuries are the second most common injury in the truck driving profession, behind back injuries. The use of proper body mechanics can help avoid shoulder injuries and other complications that come along with them. Follow the tips below to decrease the chances of suffering a shoulder injury while on the job.
- Maintain good posture and warm up your shoulder muscles. Performing stretches and rowing-type exercises can reduce your risk of injury.
- Consider the size and weight of the object or load you are handling. Break down the load if necessary to reduce the strain on the shoulders and back. Never hesitate to ask for assistance if you need it.
- Including fruits and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidants and quality proteins in your diet can help to maintain the health of your shoulder. These foods help to build muscle and connective tissue.