Taxi Services

Related keywords: Limo Services, Cabulance Services, For-Hire Ride Services

Line of yellow taxis next to potted trees.
Check all emergency equipment before you begin your shift. Do a walk-around to view any damages. Check for proper tire pressure and make sure all your lights work. Also, make sure your cell phone is charged in case of emergency.

Image courtesy of Marcin Wichary on Flickr, used under Creative Commons License.

Taxi drivers are at risk every time they buckle their seat belts, start their engines, and pick up their next fare. Whether drivers work in the city or the suburbs they can face hazards such as:

  • Robbery, assault, and other work place violence.
  • Motor vehicle accidents, especially in bad weather.
  • Awkward lifting of heavy or bulky objects in and out of trunks and other movements or postures that increase risk for musculoskeletal strain and injury (ergonomic hazards).
  • Contact with blood-contaminated waste while cleaning out cabs; including vomit and used syringes.
  • Breathing toxic vehicle exhaust (including potentially deadly carbon monoxide gas) during prolonged idling in a poorly-ventilated location.
  • Fatigue from long working hours.
  • Heat stress during hot weather.

Prevention is the key to avoiding serious and costly injuries and illnesses at work. This is why all businesses in Washington State are required to develop and implement a written Accident Prevention Program (APP). An APP helps you to identify and address worksite safety and health hazards before someone gets hurt.

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