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Choosing a path in the arts

It's a bit of a myth that great artists are born great. Great artists need support and development by great teachers. I am really passionate about arts education, as I think it can be too easy for people to just look at the end result and forget all of the practise and training that goes into producing a great artist. This blog is all about demystifying arts education and showing how anyone can become a better artist. It will be useful for budding artists, but also for teachers and parents looking to inspire teenagers into further art education to improve their skills.

Choosing a path in the arts

Preventing Fall Injuries: 3 Safety Rules Every Truck Driver Should Follow

by Dylan Olson

A heavy vehicle licence training will provide you with a lot of helpful information on how to safely operate a truck. People often consider the risk of a collision between a truck and other vehicles, but truck drivers can also hurt themselves in simpler ways. Falls from trucks are surprisingly common, and injuries like ankle and knee sprains and lower arm fractures following a fall could see you unable to work for some time. As such, it's important to take all sensible precautions. Here are three of them.

Wear and look after your protective footwear

Truck drivers should always wear protective footwear that provides a grip that can help you avoid falling on a slippery surface. Regularly check the tread on your boots, just as you would check the quality of your tyres. Remember that you don't always need to buy new boots when the tread wears. If the upper is still in good condition, you may only need to pay somebody to resole your boots.

Additionally, truck drivers should never wear trainers, loafers or cowboy boots on the job. When it comes to driving a truck, safety must come before style every time.

Always stick to the three-point rule

When you get in and out of your truck's cab, you're at higher risk of a slip, trip or fall than you probably realise, especially if you are in a hurry. As such, you should always maintain the three-point rule when entering or exiting the vehicle. This rule means that you should always have at least one foot and two hands, or both feet and one hand in contact with your truck.

The three-point rule maximises stability and support. If you slip or trip, the contact you have with the vehicle from a three-point position should allow you to avoid a fall. When climbing a ladder, move one limb at a time, and test the new hold before moving on. Remember that looping your elbow around a support does not comply with the three-point rule and is not a secure hold.

Don't ride the door

Some truck drivers ride the rear door when closing a trailer. As they pull the door down, the truck driver will literally stand on the closing door, so he can then jump on the ground below. This movement is dangerous because if you slip, you won't have anything to hold onto that could stop you falling and hurting yourself.

Always use the straps or handles provided to close the rear door of your trailer, and don't close the door until you are standing on the ground below. Before you grab the strap or handle, you should also pay particular attention to any hazards on the ground that increase the risk of slipping, such as ice or debris.

Falls from trucks injure a lot of Australian truck drivers every year. Make sure you work safely around your truck, or you could suffer a painful and costly injury. Learn about additional safety tips at a license training.