Falling while getting into or out of a truck or tractor cab, hooking up air and electrical lines, or mounting or dismounting trailers is a sure way to get seriously hurt. An insurance industry study showed that falls from vehicles produced injuries that were almost 25% worse than other types of injuries.
The biggest single cause of falls from a vehicle is driver error and failure to follow the THREE-POINT rule.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID FALLS?
No matter what type of access system your vehicle has available, use the THREE-POINT system to significantly reduce the chance of a slip or fall. The THREE-POINT system means three of your four limbs are in contact with the vehicle at all times-two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.
The THREE-POINT system allows a person to have maximum stability and support, thereby reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling. Be a winner; use the THREE-POINT system.
- Wear shoes with good support
- Exit and enter facing the cab.
- Slow down and use extra caution in bad weather.
- Get a firm grip on rails or handles with your hands.
- Look for obstacles on the ground below before exiting.
- Don’t climb down with something in your free hand. Put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get down on the ground.
- Don’t rush to climb out after a long run. Descend slowly, to avoid straining a muscle.
- Don’t ever jump out. You may land off balance or on an uneven surface, and fall.
- Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
- Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.
- Don’t become an injury statistic.
The only person who can prevent a fall is you!