Women In Trucking: Safety Issues Drivers Face

We welcome back Ellen Voie, President/CEO of Women In Trucking, Inc., as our first guest blogger in the second part of her two-part series on women in the trucking industry. Thank you for your contribution to the Xata blogging community, Ellen!

Last week we covered the image challenge that women in this industry face. Today we’ll look at several safety issues that affect women in trucking.

Women are more susceptible to violence than men. The US Department of Justice found that women are three times more likely to be raped than men, three times more likely to be stalked than men, and twice as likely to be injured during an assault than men. It is unfortunate, but violence against women is more prevalent, and so more women are more concerned about their physical safety.

This industry can’t afford to lose women because they do not feel safe in their work environment. Everyone deserves to have the security to do their job, and whether their workplace is an office, a truck or a maintenance facility, our goal is to help women overcome some of the challenges they might face in ensuring that they are safe while they are on the job.

Cleanliness is another issue that has arisen more often for women. Truck stops are not as clean as many would like them to be, and some of the restroom facilities at the loading docks haven’t been cleaned in ages. We aren’t claiming that men don’t care about germs, but we have found that women often have higher standards for defining what is meant by “clean.”

Harassment is an issue that women find to be more disconcerting than men. Many of our female members have told us that they are often verbally accosted by an anonymous male voice when they key the mic on their CB radio. Diane, an owner operator from Canada, said that she had been called some pretty nasty things when she talked on the CB. She turns it off except for the few occasions she needs it to communicate with a fellow driver.

Are men harassed on the CB, the answer that yes, they are. Are men concerned about cleanliness? Of course! Are men subjected to violence on the road? Yes, again.

Women In Trucking is not an association FOR women, it’s ABOUT women and their success and support in this industry. You don’t have to be a female to become a member. Call us at 888-464-9482 or visit www.WomenInTrucking.org to join!

We encourage you to check out Ellen’s first guest post.