Two ways to prevent heavy haulage-related accidents and injuries

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Heavy haulage vehicles are extremely large and powerful; as such, precautions need to be taken to prevent those who drive these vehicles from being injured. Here are two ways to do this.

Check the tyres after every road journey

The weight of a heavy haulage vehicle, combined with the weight of the loads it transports, can put an immense amount of strain on the vehicle's tyres. As a result of this, the tyres on this type of vehicle are likely to lose pressure and tread depth at a far faster rate than smaller road vehicles.

Because of this, it is important for those who use this type of transportation to check the pressure levels and the tread depth of the tyres on their vehicle after every single road journey.

If they do not perform these checks, there is a much greater chance that their vehicle will end up involved in a road accident during their next journey, as low tread depths can reduce tyre traction (which could lead to the vehicle spinning out of control) whilst under-inflated tyres are more susceptible to blowouts (and so could also result in the driver losing control of the vehicle).

Insist that drivers enter and exit the cab of the vehicle in a safe manner

Many heavy haulage drivers sustain injuries as a result of falling to the ground whilst entering or exiting the cabs of their vehicles.

Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken to prevent this type of injury. First and foremost, the owner of the vehicle should ensure that there are a sufficient number of handles and steps leading up to the driver's seat of the cab so that the driver does not have to take large leaps when exiting or entering the vehicle.

Secondly, the aforementioned handles and steps should be inspected on a regular basis; if they become loose, corroded or damaged in any other way, they should be repaired or replaced immediately.

Thirdly, drivers should always wear non-slip footwear when using this type of vehicle, as shoes that don't provide enough grip could lead to a driver slipping and falling if the step is wet.

Last but not least, regardless of how much of a rush they happen to be in, drivers should enter and exit heavy haulage vehicles slowly and carefully; if they attempt to skip a few steps, there is a good chance that they will fall and injure themselves.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Russell Transport.


9 November 2017

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