Truck Driver Terry's Risk Management Help
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Terry The Trashy Trucky

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This is Terry my ex room mate. Terry's current job involves driving his truck around collecting rubbish. He works 12hr shifts monotonously driving from one site to another throughout the day. His job is often quite boring however he tells me he often daydreams about payday which is enough to keep him going. This photo is a rare break from road as he was able to show off his truck to school children

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Terry tells me of several hazards that he encounters and tasks he completes everyday.

- Controlling his heavy vehicle in all weather conditions

- Unpredictable other road users

- Entering and exiting the truck

- Controlling the lift of the bins

- Fatigue

- Sedentary position 

- Putting on weight

- Adjusting to new shift times

 

To control the risks associated with these hazards Terry ensures that he physically inspects his vehicle each day for any issues with tyres, suspension, lights etc. When entering and exiting the truck he uses the 3 point of contact method to reduce the risk of strain and falls. When lifting the bins into the truck Terry operates the controls from inside the cab to be safe from any falling debris. To reduce fatigue Terry ensures he gets rest brakes from driving at set intervals as well as maintaining a good sleeping pattern. Lastly, Terry adjusts his seating position to allow for maximum comfort over long periods.

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Free truck driver health checks - Safe Work Australia

Free truck driver health checks - Safe Work Australia | Truck Driver Terry's Risk Management Help | Scoop.it
This site contains materials supporting the WHS laws including; the model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model Codes of Practice. Analysis of data and research relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation is available from this site.
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Terry can take advantage of this initiative of Safe Work Australia. This free health check may serve as an early warning to Terry about an issue with his health that he may be aware off. As he is operating a potentially deadly piece of machinery in an accident, his good health is important and a vital way to managing risk.

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Managing fatigue - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Fatigue management is a shared responsibility between management and workers as it involves factors both inside and outside of work. Employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking are responsible for using a risk management approach to manage fatigue.
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WorkSafe Queensland provides great guidelines for both employees and employers to manage fatigue. Terry can work with his employer to ensure that he is getting adequate rest during his shift and well as between his shifts. I know that Terry travels almost 1hr to get to and from his workplace so this should also be considered when calculating his rest. 

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Protect Your Eyes: Everyday Steps to Sun Safety - SkinCancer.org

Protect Your Eyes: Everyday Steps to Sun Safety - SkinCancer.org | Truck Driver Terry's Risk Management Help | Scoop.it
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A lot of Terry's driving time is done during the day. This sun safety information highlights the damage that UV rays can have on our eyes and some symptoms and changes to look out for.

There are great tips that Terry can use when selecting appropriate sunglasses to wear to reduce glare and eye fatigue.

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Keeptruckingsafe.org

Keeptruckingsafe.org | Truck Driver Terry's Risk Management Help | Scoop.it
trucking industry safety news
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Jumping from the cab of a truck produced great force on our muscles, joints and bones. Terry can use this simple simulator to calculate the impact on his body when he exits his truck. From this he can adjust his technique to reduce his injury risk.

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how_to_manage_shiftwork_guide_0224.pdf

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Managing shift work is not a simple task. This guide, put together by workcover N.S.W, gives some great advice on how best to deal with things to reduce the negative impacts.

This guide goes beyond the fatigue management advice and discusses aspects such as the sleep cycle, managing a social life and maintaining physical fitness.

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Long distance truck driver back pain - some exercises to help

Long distance truck driver back pain - some exercises to help | Truck Driver Terry's Risk Management Help | Scoop.it
With long distance truck drivers suffering low back pain at four times the national average, I feel you fellas need some help.
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Terry is aware that the long hours sitting in the same position is compressing his spine and causing him discomfort.

This article gives a great explanation of the issues this causes as well some simple exercises to be used both while driving and at the end of the day.

Using these tips will help Terry reduce the risk of back pain and injury caused for the many hours behind the wheel.

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