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.
close toedshoes 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’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.