During the winter months, it’s not uncommon to see snow and ice on the tops of commercial vehicles, including straight trucks, intermodal containers, large trucks, trailers and buses.
While this may appear harmless, snow and ice that accumulates on vehicles not only creates a safety hazard for commercial drivers, but other motorists as well. In fact, when snow and ice falls off a truck’s trailer on the road, the following can occur:
1. Snow blows off the trailer roof and impairs the visibility of the commercial driver or other motorist. 2. Ice falls from the vehicle and causes injury or property damage to other motorists.
Because of these risk factors, it’s important for commercial fleets to remove snow and ice from vehicles to ensure safe roadways for all motorists. While it may be tempting for you to simply climb on top of your truck and remove snow and ice manually, this should be avoided as it creates major safety concerns.
The following are some safe workplace controls to consider when it comes to removing ice and snow buildup:
Removing snow and ice from your fleets is an important practice to improve road safety and reduce the likelihood of insurance claims or civil litigation.