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Winter Safety Tips for Parcel Professionals

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Winter is approaching quickly, and as professionals in the parcel delivery and trucking industry, there are many new hazards you will have to be cautious of. There will be extreme temperatures, slippery roads and walkways, as well as some hazardous weather conditions or storms. As truck drivers and hand-delivered parcel professionals, it’s your job to maintain safety in and outside of your workplaces. Here are a few tips on how you can do just that.

Parcel Delivery Safety

Let’s take a look at some safety tips that parcel deliverers will want to keep in mind while delivering packages at their stops. First and foremost, whenever you have to take a package on foot, we suggest you investigate your walkway before trying to deliver the package. Your path could be very slippery if covered in  ice or snow so try to investigate instead of taking an unnecessary risk.  It’s also important to dress appropriately and to stay as dry as possible in order to retain your body heat effectively, and avoid hypothermia..  You should also wear visible clothing so you’re not a safety hazard in reduced visibility, and always carry an emergency first aid kit and keep a way of communication close by in case of emergency.  

Truck Driving Safety

There are many changes in road conditions during this time of year that your drivers will have to be careful of. When the winter is approaching, we suggest that if your vehicles needs any regular servicing, you get it done before the cold months hit.  Also, it’s important to have your car battery and charging systems checked by a professional mechanic, because if they were to die at the wrong time, you could be stranded in the cold.  Other things you may want to consider having checked are your antifreeze levels, brakes, exhaust systems, fuel and air filters, heat and defrosting systems, oil levels, flasher and hazard lights, and your windshield wiping equipment. Other than that, pay extra attention behind the wheel, and keep an eye open for ice patches, especially black ice, because they are incredibly dangerous.  For a quick printout to hang in your facility on safe winter driving, feel free to take a look at OSHA’s Winter Driving Safety handout.

Staying Prepared

Even if you take all of the necessary cautions to prepare for the fierce winter conditions, you can never be too careful. We suggest that every business have a professional business insurance policy in place, but we also works specifically in the trucking/parcel delivery space, and understand your needs well. If you have any questions about your existing policy, or need to get a business policy in place specifically tailored to your business’ needs, give Brian a call today, our professional, licensed ISP Insurance Agent.

Brian P. O’Connor
Licensed Insurance Agent
(860) 805-7001

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