According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the tow truck industry is among the most dangerous. The motor vehicle towing industry sees 43 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to the national average of 2.8 per 100,000 workers.
As an occupation that spends a lot of time on the road and dealing with heavy machinery, tow truck driving has plenty of opportunities for hazards. Besides the potential for crashes while traveling to and from sites, drivers spend time on the sides of busy roads. An improperly lifted vehicle can roll backward, and debris from a damaged car can lead to cuts and other wounds. Following some tow truck driver safety tips can save lives and prevent injuries or dangerous mistakes.