To prevent truck driver injuries while traversing distribution facilities:

  • Drivers of yard tractors should ensure that a clear path is visible before moving the vehicle. Truck drivers should not approach such vehicles on foot until acknowledgment of contact has been made between both drivers.
  • Do not enter behind the trailer until other vehicle drivers behind have come to a complete stop and parked the vehicle.
  • Always wear reflective vests while traversing a distribution facility.
  • Employers should develop and implement a comprehensive safety plan that addresses truck driver pedestrian traffic in freight distribution facilities.
  • All air lines and electrical connections should be made between the yard tractor and trailer before moving the trailer.

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Published in Haz Alert, v. 7, issue 4.