Safety Tips

Attaching Winch Lines to Tow Eye Bolts

When attaching the winch line directly to the tow eye bolt, position the bolt so it is parallel to the ground and insert the winch line with the hook tip facing up. Watch the bolt during the loading process as the twist or angle of the winch line could cause the bolt to unscrew. On…

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Disabled Vehicles

Towing a disabled vehicle can present many unusual and often dangerous obstacles. The more you know about a vehicle the better equipped you will be to combat any issues you may face. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health, you should know the following about a vehicle before towing it. -Check the type of…

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Announcing the Newest 2019 Sponsor of the TowSafe Program!

The TowSafe program is proud to announce Hook’s Towing & Recovery Supplies as a 2019 sponsor. Every month Hook’s will feature a safety product on the TowSafe program website. As a TowSafe member you will have access to a unique discount code to use on featured products. We look forward to working together with Hook’s…

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Winter Weather Reminder from OSHA.

The following is an OSHA news release on the importance of staying vigilant during winter weather. For more information, visit www.osha.gov. OSHA News Release – Region 7 U.S. Department of Labor January 8, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Urges Employers and Employees To Remain Vigilant About Possible Winter Hazards KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S.…

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Establishing a Safe Tow Work Zone

Establishing a Safe Tow Work Zone Written by: Maria T. Padilla If Move Over laws are ineffective or spottily enforced at best, what’s the alternative? People like Justin Cruse, president of WreckMaster Inc., advocate for setting up a tow work zone like a construction work zone in which there is greater physical separation between tow…

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The Importance of Documentation

Written by Bill Giorgis of Mike’s Wrecker Service After the recent death of an employee at the hands of a drunk driver, our lives and company have been torn apart. Our driver was outside of his truck and was struck and killed as a pedestrian by a driver two times over the legal limit for…

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Housekeeping and Safety

Housekeeping and Safety Housekeeping and Safety are two terms in the towing industry that go hand-in-hand.  The chances of an on-the-job accident are greatly reduced when the work area is clean and orderly.  Falls, fires and many other accidents and injuries can be prevented with a clean work space. Problems that can arise from a…

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Using And Not Using Warning Lights

Warning lights — no matter what color — cannot be relied upon to create a “force field” that will protect you from danger. Bright, flashing lights can create a visual distraction that’s as effective as a physical obstruction in slowing roadway traffic. Although tow truck lighting procedures vary from state to state, generally, warning lights…

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Preparing an Emergency Response Plan for Your Company

Preparing an Emergency Response Plan for Your Company By Joyce T. Powers As towing operators, you are by definition an emergency responder. Company owners and operators can approach a highway recovery or motor vehicle accident and work through the unique problems of that situation, keeping people safe and the roads clear. But have you planned…

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New and Exciting Improvements at Towsafe

New and Exciting Improvements at Towsafe It goes without saying that towing and recovery is one of the most dangerous professions. A growing number of tow operators are injured or killed on the job each year. As a towing operator we know that your number one priority is to get the job done and return…

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