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Don't fall for it: a person jumping or falling from a truck cab or trailer will hit the ground with a force of... your ankles, knees, and lower back will do the math.

Authors
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Source
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-2a-2007, 2007 Apr; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20044453
Abstract
Jumping from your truck doesn't save time, on average, a driver will lose 11 days of work i from an ankle sprain. The long-term effect of jumping from a vehicle is strain on the knees and back. Over time this may cause joint stiffness and pain, making everyday tasks difficult. A person jumping or falling from a height of 4 feet would hit the ground with a force of between 7 and 12 times their body weight. For example, a 200 lb. person would hit the ground with a force of 1,400 to 2,400 Ibs. ankle, knee, and back saver tips: when entering or exiting, use three points of contact, face towards the cab, stay focused on the entry/exit task and use the steps-don't jump or slide!
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Men; Women; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Fall-protection; Personal-protection; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Hazards;
Contact
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Publication Date
20070401
Document Type
Other
Email Address
www.KeepTruckingSafe.org
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008487
Source Name
Don't fall for it: a person jumping or falling from a truck cab or trailer will hit the ground with a force of... your ankles, knees, and lower back will do the math.
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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