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Avoiding Slipping Injuries

Posted by Andrew Greess on

It's not about how much equipment you are able to cram onto a truck. It was covered previously how a truck packed too tight can cause injuries. Again, we are going over how basics like layout of equipment on a spray truck can prevent injuries.  Making it so your tech has to climb over the motor to get to other equipment is just not safe. It might not always have just been running, but what about the times that it was just running? A quick brush against that hot motor exhaust is all it takes to get a nasty burn.

We like to add handles and step ladders onto spray equipment truck because they are large and it can be difficult to pull yourself up onto them sometimes. A simple bar to grab onto fixed at the back of the truck can help. Step ladders added to help tech's step-up are great, but make sure to surfaces aren't slippery. Simply adding sand to the paint will give texture and prevent wet shoes from slipping causing an injury accident.

The next video in deals with  ways to prevent injuries from happening: 

Andrew Greess: If you have a big vehicle, so the termite pre‑treaters or some of the weed pre‑emergent guys who have these big vehicles, you want to make sure that it's easy to get up and down. In this example, you see we built grab bars, and we've built a stepladder.

On the stepladder, you want to put either the anti‑slip tape, or we throw some sand in the paint to make it rough, but you want to make sure it's easy up and down. You want to make sure there's good access.

We've had situations where customers buy the truck first and then want us to put the equipment on, and it's so tight that the tech has to step over, for example, has to step over hot motor to get to the tank to put the chemical in. It's not a good idea.

You want to have a safe walkway so that you can get to the parts, you want to get to without stepping over things. Especially the termite pre‑treaters, these guys are working at four o'clock in the morning. It's dark out. It's cold. You don't want to be stepping over a hot engine, in my opinion. What do I know? Are you with me on that? What else? 

If you missed the first 10 videos in the series, please check out those blog posts here:

Spray Equipment Safety Training Seminar Introduction

Rules for Spray Equipment Safety Seminar Discussion

What are the Safety Risk Seminar Topics?

Vehicle Equipment Security: Protecting Your Driver and Others

Vehicle Equipment Security Securing Your Backpack, Gas Can, Hose Reel

Learn Which Vehicle Equipment Areas to Inspect Carefully

A Quick Check Can Keep You Out of Hall of Shame

The Importance of Checking Your Rig and Proper Equipment

Importance of Proper Vehicle Load Stability

How to Avoid Cuts, Burns & Abrasions on the Job 

You can also check out the slides from the Spray Equipment Safety Seminar here:

For more information on Andrew Greess, visit https://www.qspray.com/