How to Avoid Slips in Wintry Conditions

December 5, 2019, 5:19 pm, Published by | Categorized in:

How to Avoid Slips in Wintry Conditions

Being alert and safe should be the main focus year-round, but winter brings a higher risk of accidents where extra caution is needed. Use these tips to avoid slips, trips, and falls while navigating outside your truck this winter.

 

Winter Safety Tips for Drivers

  • When walking, look where you are going and have your hands ready to steady yourself should you slip. Try to maintain one point of contact on the truck or trailer while walking around it during your pre/post-trip.
  • Wear proper footwear with ankle support and heavy treads for more traction.
  • Take short steps and walk at a shorter pace so you can react quickly to change in traction.
  • Keep your tractor and trailer steps, decks, and grab handles clean, dry, and serviceable.
  • Do not jump from your cab or back of the trailer.

 

Winter Safety Tips for Fleet Managers

  • Ensure you are keeping walkways, entrances, and other work areas clear of ice and snow.
  • Make sure the yard and walking areas are well lit.

 

About This Author:

This post was written by Andy Logan

Andy Logan is the National Transportation Operations manager at ITS headquarters in Indiana. Andy has 28 years of experience in warehouse and transportation operations management, 19 of which have been shared with the ITS community. Andy’s contributions in TMS and CRM operating systems helped him earn Manager of the Year in 2011, 2014, and 2016. Apart from his passion developed through 28 years of volunteer service to his community fire department, he is driven by the values of pride and dedication to lead others to purpose.