Wearing a seat belt may seem like a simple act, but in the log transport industry, it plays a crucial role in protecting the lives of drivers.
Log Transport Safety Council cannot stress enough that where heavy machinery and large vehicles are the norm, safety must always be a top priority. One crucial safety measure that should never be overlooked is the use of seat belts. Every time you step into your log truck, you trust that it will safely transport you to your destination. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and the consequences can be severe. The simple act of wearing a seat belt can make a significant difference in the outcome of a crash.
According to the NHTSA, seat belts reduce the risk of death for front-seat occupants by approximately 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injuries by around 50%.
By law you must wear a fitted seatbelt and although the management of this by PCBU’s and regulators is difficult to tackle, we as an industry need to consistently promote and enforce seat belt usage, building a culture of safety we can all foster. Employers should prioritize the emphasis how important buckling up is and provide ongoing reminders.
Approximately 90 people die each year who were not wearing a seatbelt.
By promoting seat belt usage, the industry can significantly reduce the risks associated with accidents and equipment failure, creating a safer work environment for all involved. Remember, buckling up is not just a legal requirement—it’s a matter of personal safety and responsibility.
LTSC have developed up promotional content around the messaging of wearing seat belts and the validation of why it is necessary. The flyers below are downloadable for use by all of industry.
Available to the membership are also seatbelt covers – please contact email@example.com to order.
Everyone needs to play their part and encourage their employees to comply to the extremely necessary rules around seat belts.