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Releasing the fifth wheel.

Authors
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Source
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 90-70-2011, 2011 Jun; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20044691
Abstract
MANAGEMENT: Safety culture begins with you. Your employees will follow your lead. Research shows that the more management emphasizes safety, both in word and deed, the more safety conscious employees become. Be open to listening to drivers about their safety concerns. Maintain equipment so it functions easily. Provide tools such as extension rods for pulling the release latch. DRIVERS: Protect your shoulders from injuries. Line up the truck and trailer in a level area to reduce tension on the latch. .. After backing trailer into position, pull forward slightly to release tension on the 5th wheel release. Use an extension rod to reach the latch so you don't have to bend your back or twist your shoulder. Report mechanical problems to your supervisor or repair shop. Protect yourself from other drivers. Wear reflective clothing when outside your truck. Protect yourself from slips, trips or falls. Before you exit the cab look for debris.
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Work-environment; Risk-factors; Training; Education; Trucking; Drivers; Personal-protection; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Safety-education; Hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Muscles; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Contact
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Publication Date
20110630
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008487
Source Name
Releasing the fifth wheel
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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