Scene Safety Procedures: Increasing Your Safety on the Job

By Simon Birch, Technical Product Support – AW Direct Much has been written and discussed about the merits of hi-vis, ANSI approved clothing, and there is no doubt that it contributes to keeping you safe out on the roadside. Towers all have and use warning lights as well, but what else can you do to … Read More

Latch on to HazCom

By Bob Ernst, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. If you look around any workplace, you are likely to see lots of different chemicals being used. With almost every chemical, there are risks to you, your physical surrounding and the environment as a whole. The possibility of accidents and injuries is always present when you’re … Read More

Electronic Communications to the Trucks – A Blessing and a Curse!

By Thomas Bray In this day and age, there are many communications devices that allow you to instantly contact your drivers. However, some of these devices can lead to an unsafe situation if used improperly. In some cases, it can also lead to a ticket. The issues with electronic communication systems in vehicles have been … Read More

Protecting Employees from Winter’s Hazards

As a tow professional, you and other owners, operators, and employees work year-round outside in the elements. Depending on your location, the outdoor work environment can be brutal, especially in the winter months.

Know the Lighting Requirements for Your Tow Trucks

Before we get into the discussion of the lighting requirements that are specific to tow trucks, let’s look at the general lighting requirements in the federal regulations. These requirements are found in two places

Keep Employees Safe During Vehicle Lockout/Tagout

Tow professionals count on their vehicles and equipment to be in top-notch condition. After all, life is good at work when your machines are running smoothly. But, all good things come to an end, and you can count on your equipment needing service, maintenance, and repairs from time to time.

The ERG: Know What You’re Dealing With

The Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) is a resource that is published to assist emergency responders ― including tow operators ― when dealing with hazardous materials (hazmat). It is republished roughly every four years to provide users with the most current information. Knowing about the ERG is key during the initial response phase. Along with knowing … Read More

Road hazards—high visibility clothing and other PPE

Protecting employees working on or near a roadway should always be a number one safety concern. One way to do so is to provide your employees with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Selecting the proper PPE is more involved than employers may understand. Hazard assessment To determine the need for PPE, OSHA requires employers … Read More

What Safety Regulations Apply to Me?

This is a common question asked by many types of motor carriers. Who is a motor carrier? Basically, it is anyone that uses a “commercial vehicle” to conduct business on the roadways. This, in most cases, includes tow operators. FIRST QUESTION, ‘DO YOU OPERATE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES’? For the purposes of the federal Department of Transportation … Read More

Lifting-Related Back Injuries: A Common, but Avoidable Occurrence

Using proper posture may be the last thing on an operator’s mind when out on a call. Instead, they may be focused on avoiding oncoming traffic, figuring out the best way to hook the vehicle, navigating slippery or uneven terrain, and braving the elements.  While these are all critical, so too is putting the body … Read More