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Hard to Close and Open Shipping Containers

What is a Shipping Container?

Shipping Containers are the cargo containers that allow goods to be stored for transport in trucks, trains and boats, making intermodal transport possible. They are typically used to transport heavy materials or palletized goods. Shipping Containers are used to protect transported cargo from shock and bad weather conditions, as well as keep storage products intact. They were first used in the 1950s and were initially developed for the purpose of commercial shipping.

Types of Shipping Containers

There are various types of shipping containers. Common types include: Dry Storage Containers Refrigerated Containers Open top containers Flat rack containers Open Side Containers Tanks Containers and Ventilated containers. Read more

Hard to Open and Close Shipping Containers

To aid in opening and closing shipping container doors, we introduce OPNBar. This shipping container tool can simplify the opening/closing of shipping containers in freezing or wet conditions. It’s versatility can also help to open/close rusted or worn out containers, thump tires, and release tractor from trailer.

This 3 in 1 shipping container tool gives you the best bang for your buck in addition to the safety and savings our tool provides to trucking companies and their safety departments, along with insurance companies, reduced workman’s comp claims.

3 Tools in 1

Did you know that trucking, cargo and insurance companies lose billions a year due to operator injuryDid you know 50% of all trucking injuries are sprains/strains? We introduce 3 trucker tools in 1, a shipping container safety hand leverage tool, tire thumper, and 5th wheel hitch pull hook, designed for opening and closing truck trailers and shipping containers with the safety of the truck driver, operator, and worker foremost in mind.

Door Latch Handle Extender

As a Door Latch Handle Extender, the OPNBar tool is a safety leverage bar that assists the truck driver and operator in opening and closing shipping container doors. Great for opening and closing cargo containers that are rusted or frozen!

5th Wheel Pull Hook

The 5th Wheel Hitch Pull Hook assists the truck driver in releasing the fifth wheel which can cause neck, shoulder and back injury, damaging your clothes with grease, oil, and road grime. This pull hook can help eliminate these problems.

Tire Thumper

The Tire Thumper (aka tire beater) function assists the truck driver in a quick method of evaluating properly inflated tires for truck driver safety. Properly inflated tires make a loud, sharp thud. Poorly inflated tires make a dull thud.

Did You Know?

According to Knestaut, A. Compensation and Working Conditions, (1997, Fall)., truck drivers had more nonfatal injuries (over 151,000) than workers in any other occupation in 1995.  Half of the nonfatal injuries were serious sprains and strains; this may be attributed to the fact that many truck drivers must unload the goods they transport.

Of all trucker injuries, strains and sprains make up 50% of injuries.

Work-related strains and sprains are injuries to muscles, tendons and nerves that are referred to by doctors and researchers as musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs. Strains and sprains can have many causes and each additional risk factor increases the likelihood of injury. Risk factors for muscles, tendons and nerves include:

  • Overexertion
  • wrist-pain-5-14114981Contact with or being struck by an object
  • Falling
  • Transportation accidents
  • Repetitive use without adequate rest
  • Lifting heavy or awkward objects or boxes
  • Awkward postures such as reaching overhead for long periods of time
  • Gripping something tightly

Work-related strains and sprains include:

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)

Other common trucker injuries include bruises, fractures, cuts and lacerations, soreness and pain, and multiple traumatic injuries.


Work-related strains and sprains are the most costly and most frequent injuries in the trucking industry.

Sprains, strains and overexertion accounted for the most trucking-related injuries, with costs exceeding $107 million and resulting in 576,000 lost-work days. About 70 percent of these injuries were to drivers. Many of the injuries occurred while connecting or disconnecting a trailer to the truck or opening stuck trailer doors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWorkers’ compensation costs

  • 41% of compensable claims are the result of strains and sprains to the neck, back and upper extremity (shoulders, elbows, hands/wrists)
  • The average cost for a claim is over $26,000
  • Average of 184 time-loss days

Compared to other industries
Couriers have almost four times the rate of work-related strains and sprains claims of all industries combined. Waste Collection has three and a half times the rate and General Freight trucking is close with almost two and a half times the rate of work-related strains and sprains of all other industries combined.

Additional costs
Work-related strains and sprains also increase the cost of hiring and training, increase turnover and decrease productivity. Sometimes workers are unable to return to their full wage jobs after such an injury or require extensive life-altering surgeries or treatments to recover

Source: KeepTruckingSafe.org

Trucking Industry has Highest Workers’ Compensation Claim Rates in Washington State

Injury rates in trucking are far above the state average for all other industries combined.  The trucking industry has some of the highest workers’ compensation claim rates and costs in Washington State.  Claims are so high that they have an initiative for preventing on the job injury, called the TIRES Initiative.

Each year, one in every 13 truck drivers in the state of Washington has a work-related injury serious enough that they have to miss work for a period of time.

The TIRES research team is working with industry leaders, safety and health professionals, employers, drivers, warehouse and dock workers, and many others to develop educational materials that identify hazards and provide low-cost, simple solutions to prevent injuries in the trucking industry.

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Equip truck drivers and operators with the proper tools needed to help them avoid injury.

The OPNBar tool, for instance can help avoid some injuries by providing an ergonomic means of opening shipping containers, checking for low pressure tires, and aiding operators in releasing the tractor from the trailer.


Currently in use by Amazon in warehouses throughout North America and Fortune 500 companies all over the world to help truckers and warehouse operators safely open shipping container doors!

If you are interested in ordering, find OPNBar on Amazon or eBay,  (or contact directly for international or special pricing).

For more information, visit: www.shippingcontainertool.com

Originally posted 2012-08-22 14:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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