Backing Into Trouble

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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.


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