Safety

Safety and Transportation

Pre-trip & Your CSA report

By MaryGrace Johansen 
Director of Safety & Loss Control

As a professional driver you are held to a higher standard than the average driver, which implies that the professional driver is more in tune with safety. That higher standard includes requirements for maintaining a safe vehicle, conducting pre-& post-trip inspections to ensure that the vehicle is safe to operate. A pre-trip is something which the average driver is not required to do…other than to have his or her vehicle inspected once a year…and, of course, driving safely.

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Setting Safety Goals

By MaryGrace Johansen
Director of Safety & Loss Control

Setting safety goals can be complicated. Often we think that personal injuries and property damage just “happens” and, therefore, safety is out of our control. But, when it comes to setting goals for safety, we get stuck. Is having no injuries or no property losses a realistic goal? Do we merely rely on claims management to manage safety and leave accident avoidance to Fate?

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"You Need a Safety Committee"

By MaryGrace Johansen 
Director of Safety & Loss Control

This is an opportunity for employees to speak up and not only make management aware of safety issues, but more importantly this is an opportunity to help develop and implement a plan to address those issues. Having a safety committee gives employees a voice and empowers them to make changes. The company also benefits greatly from having an effective safety committee. The committee is a valuable part of your safety program and can help protect your business from avoidable costs that directly affect your bottom line. An effective and empowered committee can help save time and money by improving everyday work activities while reducing the risk of employee injury.

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Hands on the Wheel – Mind on the Phone

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

Let’s face it: we’re addicted to electronic devices, especially cell phones. In the attempt to forestall the increasing number of highway fatalities associated with what used to be called cell phone use (we now have electronic devices) the Department of Transportation issued a regulation barring drivers of commercial vehicles from using a cell phone while driving. [Read More]

Mentoring the (Professional) Younger Driver

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

As older experienced drivers retire the trucking industry has discovered it’s in a bind finding that it doesn’t have enough qualified (hopefully safe) drivers to fill its needs. [Read More]

Live Free or….Die?

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

As a safety professional, perhaps more than the average person, I see a lot of behavior that can be deemed unsafe. This is particularly true when it comes to driving motor vehicles. You see it also: drivers talking on cell phones, texting (yes, despite laws prohibiting such behavior, people still believe they can do it safely), eating, reading, etc. Driving has become a very casual task and in so doing it has made driving more dangerous than it is already. [Read More]