Backing is the most common type of accident involving our industry’s trucks and contributes to 25% of all traffic accidents. What can you do to avoid the dangers of backing?
- Avoid backing by planning ahead.
- Alert your supervisor or dispatch if a container or stop could be changed to eliminate or minimize backing.
- Use a spotter, if possible.
- STOP. Check your surroundings, mirrors and monitors.
- Sound your horn before backing.
- Backup alarms, cameras and detection systems are common devices used to prevent backing accidents.
- DO NOT back with a rider on the rear step.
- DO NOT back if your mirrors or camera are covered with ice or dirt.
Technology, training, sensible routing and wearing high visibility garments can all play a role in improving safety while backing.