Tips for preventing backing accidents

Tips for preventing backing accidents

The NWRA and SWANA issued tips for preventing backing accidents Feb. 13 as part of their Safety Monday initiative.

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February 14, 2018
Edited by Adam Redling

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), in partnership with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), issued tips for preventing backing accidents Feb. 13 as part of their Safety Monday initiative. These tips are meant to help drivers and collection workers be safer when working on or near collection trucks.

Tips for preventing backing accidents

  • Do not ride on the rear step when the truck is in reverse
  • Do not attempt to mount or dismount the truck while it is moving
  • Avoid backing whenever possible
  • Scan the area for fixed objects upon arrival and approach (cars, overhead objects, etc.)
  • Anticipate the actions of people and other vehicles in and around the truck
  • Respond to changing conditions
  • Do not back around corners or into an intersection, unless there is no other option
  • Use the mirrors to scan the area frequently, watching for motion around all sides of the truck
  • If installed, use cameras
  • Do not fixate on one mirror (or camera)
  • Driver should alternately check both mirrors. Don’t forget to look in front
  • Turn off distractions (radio, cell phone, etc.)
  • When in doubt, remember your G.O.A.L—Get Out And Look