You spend a lot of time training drivers to watch out for snow, ice and bad weather in winter.
But believe it or not, most winter-related injuries happen while the vehicle is stopped – slipping on an icy patch, tripping on a sidewalk curb that's hidden by the snow, or overexerting cold muscles without warming up first.
Our printable poster covers the top 7 causes of winter-related injuries and include tips on how to prevent them.
Share our infographic in your driver portal or print it out to hang in your break rooms!
Inspired by ITI's injury prevention training courses, the top 7 causes of winter-related injuries are:
Rushing does not save time! It can, however, lead to slips and injuries on icy pavement and wet tiles.
Distractions aren't just a hazard while driving. They're a common cause of slips, trips and falls. Winter increases this risk.
3. Improper Lifting
The holiday season means higher delivery volumes and bigger packages. Proper lifting technique can prevent back injuries. It's not worth the risk!
4. Repetitive Strain
You're probably extra busy this time of year! When performing repetitive movements, make sure to stretch regularly to give your muscles and joints a break.
5. Getting In and Out
Always maintain 3 points of contact (both feet and one hand, or both hands and one foot) when getting in and out of the vehicle. Watch for icy or slippery surfaces!
6. Cold Muscles
Cold muscles are more susceptible to injury. Take a few minutes to stretch and warm up your muscles before starting strenuous activity, especially in cold weather.
7. Lift Gate
If your job requires you to use a lift gate, make sure you can confidently operate it before going out on a job. Never try to fix a broken lift gate! Call maintenance instead.
By training drivers in good injury prevention habits now, you can save a lot of time, money and pain (literally!) this winter and for years to come.
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