OSHA Releases New Trucking Safety Flier


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Image: osha.gov

Jon Schorsch worked as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department for more than a decade before earning his juris doctor from the Seattle University School of Law. Throughout his professional career, Jon Schorsch often dealt with issues pertaining to codes set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In April 2018, OSHA released a new flier aimed at tackling the three most dangerous situations that commercial tractor trailer drivers will face in their duties: parking, driving in reverse, and coupling and decoupling trailers. The information is salient given that, of the 96 fatalities related to trucking reported just in the Midwest between the years of 2015 and 2017, more than a dozen were related to coupling or decoupling issues.

The flier addresses best practices for those procedures, how to properly park and secure the vehicle when exiting, and step-by-step tips for what to look for when backing up. In some instances, it may be necessary to use a spotter when putting a truck in reverse if the terrain is narrow or not entirely visible in the mirror.


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