Thomas Concrete Case Study
"We were probably running 20-25 percent higher than the industry average in recordable injuries," said Mr. Swierenga. Drivers often must be up at 1am to pick up concrete at their local plant and head to the first job site.
Heavy traffic in metropolitan cities, narrow roads, driveways and congested job sites are all hazards to a big truck. Most injuries involved activities around the trucks. "Drivers were going up and down ladders and handling chutes," explained Mr. Swierenga, "so we had slip, trip and fall hazards, along with accidents from poor jobsite lighting, irregular walking surfaces and driving distractions. In the plants there were ergonomic problems aggravated by the challenges of working with energised equipment."