September 2018

Safety Tip: September

The 3-Point Rule

No matter what type of access system your vehicle has available, use the 3-Point system to reduce the chance of a slip or fall. The 3-POINT system means 3 of your 4 limbs are in contact with the vehicle at all times – 2 hands and 1 foot or 2 feet and 1 hand.  The 3-Point system allows you to have maximum stability and support, thereby reducing the likelihood of slipping and falling.

Do

  • Wear close toed shoes with good support — avoid sandals, bare feet or high heels.
  • Exit and enter facing the cab.
  • Slow down and use extra caution in bad weather.
  • Get a firm grip on rails or handles with your hands.
  • Look for obstacles on the ground below before exiting.

Don’ts

  • Don’t climb down with something in your free hand. Put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get down on the ground.
  • Don’t rush to climb out after a long drive. Descend slowly, to avoid straining a muscle.
  • Don’t ever jump out. You may land off balance or on an uneven surface, and fall.
  • Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
  • Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.
  • Don’t become an injury statistic.

Practice the 3-Point Rule every time you climb up or down.

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