With cold weather conditions reaching below zero in many parts of the US it is time to remind your drivers to protect themselves and their trucks in these conditions.
Protecting your Driver
Cold weather precautions to prevent hypothermia and frostbite:
Hypothermia occurs when the body's temperature falls below normal. Early and mild symptoms include shivering, slurred speech, mental slowness or lethargy, muscular stiffness, and clumsiness. Symptoms of severe hypothermia include mental confusion, disorientation, stupor or coma, absence of shivering, stiff or rigid muscles, shallow and very slow breathing, weak pulse, and a fall in blood pressure. If symptoms are detected, especially in the elderly, seek immediate medical help.
To prevent Hypothermia, take the following precautions:
Many prescription drugs may make you more sensitive to the cold, so check with your physician or pharmacist to find out if your medication falls in this category. Frostbite, especially when the wind chill factor is very low, can be a problem. Symptoms of frostbite include changes in skin appearance such as swelling, reddish, bluish, or whitish coloring, numbness, stiffness, or rigidity. If untreated, frostbite can lead to loss of frozen fingers, toes, or other affected skin areas. To prevent frostbite, protect skin from direct exposure to cold air and from exposure to intense cold temperatures.
Protecting the Truck
Preventing Driver Injuries in Fall and Winter
Slip/Trip and Fall injuries are the most common type of injury for drivers. Most of them occur during the winter months. Each year, thousands of professional drivers are seriously injured due to not paying attention to winter conditions. Working in the ice and snow requires your full attention and awareness.
• Remember it is our primary goal that you go home to your family and friends the way you came to work today, safe, and healthy.
• Always wear proper footwear. A full support leather shoe with a rugged non-slip sole. Use non-slip covers on shoes (Yak Trax, etc.)
• SLOW DOWN, never be in a hurry.
• Always watch where you walk. Snow can accumulate on top of ice in and around truck parking areas.
• Take small steps and check your footing with each step.
• Look for ice on all handrails and hand grabs before using them.
• ALWAYS use gloves for better grip.
• ALWAYS use three points of contact when exiting/entering your tractor or trailer or getting on the catwalk behind the cab, ALWAYS.
• Always use your seat belt.
• SLOW DOWN!
• Slow Down in winter!