Friday, May 7, 2010

I shoulda’ got a truck

Contributed by Norm Nyhuis, Trainer, Evergreen Safety Council

Ah, Spring time; when something stirs inside of us and compels us to get outside and tackle some of those house and yard projects that we’ve thought about, during the winter.

A trellis of beautiful climbing flowers is often seen on the side of a house featured in one of the numerous house and garden magazines. Hmm, that doesn’t look too difficult: a few blocks of wood, a few nails and shazam – instant beautiful garden spot. Coincidentally the local home and garden store has a special sale price on that ready-made lattice – just what you need. Off the store to buy the materials. And then it dawns on you: how do I get my purchase home? It’s 4 ft by 8 ft, kind of floppy, but thankfully doesn’t weigh too much. Just strap it down to the old car roof and . . . . .

RCW 46-37.410 states; No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the front windshield, side wings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which obstructs the driver's clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway. That sounds pretty clear to me, and the vision of the driver of the car in the photo is certainly not very clear.

If you’d like to learn more about safe driving, contact Evergreen Safety Council and ask about our Eversafe Driving Course. Offered as a workplace onsite training, ESD covers all aspects of safe driving, including securing your load.

Evergreen also offers a Free Secure Your Load online training course, which is available to anyone interested in how to safely transport their yard, debris, garbage, etc. this summer.

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