The numbers are staggering. Drivers of tractor trailer trucks and smaller delivery trucks, like those used in a higher rate of fatal and nonfatal injuries than the average of all private industry occupations in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, tuck drivers and those who drive for sales purposed experienced a rate of fatal injuries that was seven times above the workplace average. That year, 756 truck drivers died, while another 65,000 were injured or became ill in work-related incidents.
Typically, lumber building and material dealers use trucks to deliver or transport products from a manufacturer to a retailer or from a retailer to a worksite. For these purposes, trucks used can range from pickups and smaller box trucks to flatbed trucks and those with a boom or moffett attached. These vehicles are critical in keeping the industry moving, but in order to keep the industry's employees safe and margins profitable, proper safety protocols must be implemented and followed. New technology is helping to further this mission.
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