How Many Tow Truck Operators Are Killed Each Year?

Tow truck operators are essential in keeping traffic and roads safe for everyone. Unfortunately, the job of a tow truck driver is also one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Every year, several tow truck operators are killed on the job.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in 2018, there were 24 fatal injuries that occurred to tow truck operators. This was a 10 percent increase from the 22 fatal injuries reported in 2017. In 2016, there were only 19 fatalities reported for tow truck drivers.

Tow truck operators face numerous risks on a daily basis when they’re out on the roads. They’re often working in busy traffic and may have to maneuver around other vehicles while towing a car or other large objects. Additionally, they often have to work with broken down vehicles on the side of highways which can be very dangerous given the high speed at which cars travel on highways.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes that tow truck drivers are at risk of being struck by passing vehicles while they’re working due to their close proximity to traffic and limited visibility when operating their vehicle and equipment. The agency also notes that many tow truck drivers may be exposed to hazardous materials such as gasoline or oil when dealing with disabled vehicles which can lead to serious health issues if not handled properly and safely.

In order to reduce workplace fatalities involving tow truck operators, NIOSH suggests several safety measures such as wearing reflective clothing when working along roadways, using emergency warning signs or lights on tow trucks when stopped on roadways, ensuring visibility through regular maintenance of mirrors and windows, having proper training for all employees who operate tow trucks and ensuring clear communication between drivers and dispatchers regarding job tasks and safety concerns.

It is essential that employers take steps to ensure the safety of their employees by following these safety measures while also providing proper training for all personnel who operate these vehicles so they can better protect themselves while out on the job. Tow truck drivers play an important role in keeping our roads safe but unfortunately it is a dangerous profession with many risks associated with it.

Conclusion: Each year many tow truck operators are killed while performing their duties due to exposure to hazardous materials, close proximity to traffic, limited visibility while operating their vehicle, etc.. Employers must take steps to ensure their employees are properly trained and equipped with safety gear such as reflective clothing and emergency warning signs/lights in order to reduce workplace fatalities among tow truck drivers.

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Karen Watkins