These Intermodal Safety Briefings and articles are designed to assist in fostering a culture of safety throughout the various elements of the intermodal industry. They are based on experience and lessons learned, incidents that have occurred in the field, and successful practices that have been implemented by IANA members. The topics and content for these briefings have been curated by IANA’s Intermodal Safety Committee. They are purposely short and focus on specific topics to provide useful and quick-read content that can be shared and repurposed to help in reducing mishaps, injuries and incidents.
All employees and contractors have the right to stop work immediately when they do not feel safe, or understand full compliance, to avoid any potential injury, incident, or compliance violation.
The intent of this safety briefing is to raise awareness and educate personnel working in these critical areas in an effort to prevent any future incidents from occurring.
Truck drivers may be exposed to injuries from being thrown about the cab unexpectedly, or jostling.
Due in part to the rise in use of personal handheld devices like smartphones, distracted driving is a major issue both within and outside the intermodal industry
A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than one involving another motor vehicle. And part of the reason why is non-observance of proper rail crossing safety
Slips, trips and falls are among the leading causes of injuries in the intermodal industry. And while it’s impossible to 100% eliminate workplace accidents, there are steps that can be taken to reduce them.
CSA affects motor carriers, including owner-operators, by identifying those with safety problems and prioritizes them for interventions such as warning letters and investigations. It affects a driver’s safety record based on their safety performance and compliance, which in turn impacts the safety record of the motor carrier they are working for.
The proper handling of intermodal chassis tires is a process that seasoned technicians might sometimes take for granted if they have repeated the process many times without incident. But whether they realize it or not, one slip up could literally cost them life and limb.
Since 2014 one of the top causes of fatalities on marine terminals worldwide is pedestrians on foot being struck by mobile equipment/vehicles.
These Intermodal Safety Briefings are offered for general guidance. They do not constitute industry standards or best practices.