In a trucking yard, there are always a lot of moving parts including people walking around, multiple commercial vehicles coming from various directions, as well as other vehicles entering and exiting the yard. All of these factors contribute to a potentially dangerous working environment, where it is important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

The following resources will help guide drivers, employers and all staff to navigate hazards in a yard.


Overview: Industry experts analyze root causes of yard incidents

In 2019, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), IHSA hosted a Risk Assessment Workshop to determine the top health and safety concerns within the general trucking sector. Based on the results of the risk assessment, further root-cause workshops have been scheduled, and facilitated to assist in providing the transportation industry with resources to support health and safety.


Yard Safety Root-Cause Workshop

In 2021, IHSA facilitated a root-cause analysis workshop, with support by the MLTSD. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop was facilitated virtually and took place on January 26-27, 2021.

The workshop participants included peer-recognized subject-matter experts from the industry (employers and drivers) along with other industry stakeholders who, over the course of the two days, worked together to identify and prioritize causal factors for yard safety in the trucking sector (general freight). Using the fishbone/cause and effect methodology a list of primary root causes for yard safety in the general trucking sector was created.


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Safety Talks

Based on the controls and solutions determined by the industry professionals that participated in the Yard Safety Root Cause Workshop the following IHSA Safety Talks can have an impact reducing incidents in the yard.


Training Courses


Workshop Facilitators

Charlie Charalambous
Coordinator, Research and Stakeholder & Public Relations
Michelle Roberts
Director, Stakeholder & Client Engagement
Scott Laing
Stakeholder & Client Engagement Coordinator
Dr. Sujoy Dey
Corporate Risk Officer
Daniela Iniguez
Strategic Advisor
Chelsea Zhao
Strategy Analyst
Bruce Outridge

Worker/Labour Representatives


Management Representatives


Industry Representatives


Yard Safety Top 10

Top 10 Root Causes of Incidents in Truck Yards

* Note: Some of the ranked numbers have multiple causes listed, as they resulted in a tie during the formal voting process