burns like fire while itching like crazy. If you are bitten by one or two fire ants, use alcohol on the bite area and then some cortisone cream, if you are bitten by many ants, get to a doctor immediately! There have been a lot of people that have an adverse reaction to fire ant bites. While on the subject of insects, don't mess with any sort of spi-
der bite. Clean the area, apply antibacterial salve and get to the doctor. Take the creepy crawly with you if you can for identification purposes. Brown recluse and black widow spiders can cause some serious complications in the bite area if not treated professionally immediately and are common in lumber and steel piles and in the corners of warehouses.
Working with your doctor is important in as to the immunizations you need. Tetanus shots are important because of working around rusty met-
als and the nails and bolts laying around everywhere, this shot has to be gotten every ten years. Hepatitis B is very prevalent and is easy to get eating in truck stops and using public restrooms the way we do. Hepatitis A vaccines are recommended for drivers who work along the southern border. Your doctor or his/her nurse can also help you decide on what to include in a first aid kit specific to your individual needs. Getting minor injuries is not just a maybe, it is a given in our industry. If in doubt as to the severity of your injury, get to the doctor or call the ambulance for help. Notify your company if the injury is severe immediately and follow their instructions for workman's comp coverage claims. It is a good thing to let at least your dispatcher know if you are injured beyond just a scratch or bruise even though it is not initially serious enough for a workman`s comp claim, even a minor injury can become a major one if left untreated or complications set in. Ya'll be safe out there! Sandy Long is a long time truck driver who is also very active within the trucking industry. She was a long time writer for layover.com, is a life member of OOIDA, member of the WIT and owner of two websites: Trailer Truckin’ Tech, a yahoo group dedicated to the education of new and prospective truck drivers and www.satinandsteelsisterhood.com for women truck drivers. Sandy’s first book Street Smarts: A Guide for a Truck Driver’s Personal Safety is available at https://www.createspace.com/34495 66
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