Your fleet may be running like a well-oiled machine, but is it as safe as it can be? Injuries and even fatalities still happen frequently in the transport industry and almost all are preventable. Clearly, you and your team need to be thinking about and acting on safe practices at work every day, but finding the time and resources to do that can be a challenge.
There are many factors that contribute to accidents and injuries:
- Fatigue. A drowsy driver is a dangerous driver.
- Overexertion. Overexertion—pushing the body beyond what it is used to or capable of—is a leading cause of injuries in the workplace.
- Drug and alcohol abuse. The legalization of cannabis last year left many businesses scrambling to understand how they could and should address substance use and abuse in their workplaces.
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents and professional drivers are exposed to even more driving distractions than others.
- Incorrect or unavailable protective equipment. The right protective equipment can be crucial in workers’ safety and employers have a legal and moral duty to provide many types of PPE.
- Poor site safety. From workers crushed by backing vehicles to broken bones from trips and slips, the consequences of ignored site hazards can be extremely serious.
- No safety program. Keep your fleet running safety with a sustainable safety program that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements.
- Lack of communication. Employees can’t buy into your safety initiatives if they don’t understand the program or why it’s important.
- Disregard for general health and wellness. Every workplace should support employees in achieving their optimum physical and mental health.
- Workplace violence. Ranging from teasing and bullying to sexual harassment and physical assaults, workplace violence can be particularly hard to uncover.
Free online resources
SafetyDriven-Trucking Safety Council of BC provides leadership, education, and certification relating to safety within the transport industry, as well as free key resources to help you establish a safer workplace, including:
1. Employer Resource Toolkit: Fatigue Management
2. Overexertion Resources such as online courses, blogs, tips, links, and videos
3. Safety Talks
4. Distracted Driving Sample Policy
5. Personal Protective Equipment Policy Program Template
6. Site Safety – Information & Resources for Supervisors
7. Safety Program Building Toolkit
8. “Safety Communications” podcast
9. BiteSized Resources for the Healthier Worker
10. Violence in the Workplace Sample Policy
These topics represent only a small part of the free and low-cost resources available through SafetyDriven-TSCBC.
SafetyDriven-TSCBC also offers their Certificate of Recognition (COR) Program for both large and small companies. COR is a designation that shows your company is operating at safety standards that meet or exceed BC’s legal requirements. Information about the COR Program and its benefits for your business is available on the SafetyDriven-TSCBC website.