PR-SF0822-1 - 2022 Safety First, August

Slips, Trips and Falls Amongst Professional Drivers

A. Erin

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Abstract:
Late on a Thursday afternoon in December 2021, a professional flatbed truck driver was securing their load of steel to the deck of their trailer. They took pride in their load securement, and always went beyond the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) requirements. As such, spread on the trailer deck that afternoon were the tools of the trade — chains, binders, edge protectors and “J-hooks” that create an anchor point on the trailer, beveled lumber, coil racks, and rubber belts. This load would position the driver perfectly to end their week with a good paycheck — so they were happy but they later admitted to rushing in anticipation of the drive ahead of them. As the driver moved from one side of the coil to the other, their boot caught on a chain and they fell from the trailer deck to the concrete parking lot of the steel mill. Their injuries included a fractured arm which required surgical repair and a significant concussion. Five months after the incident, they are still unable to return to work as a professional driver.


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