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The FMCSA & E-Logs: Know the Rules and Consequences

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Oct 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

FMCSA released the new CVSA inspection bulletin pertaining to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs). The rules beginning December 18, 2017, are outlined below. 

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Topics: CVSA, ELD, Off-Duty Status, Roadside Inspection, Regulations, Electronic Loggin Devices

Office Safety: Proper Lifting

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Oct 17, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Improper lifting is a common cause of serious back injuries and could potentially lead to a lifetime of discomfort. 

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Topics: Office Safety, Driver Education

Four Keys to Building a Fleet of Quality Drivers

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Oct 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Today’s trucking environment presents many challenges to motor carriers, but successful organizations know how to turn these challenges into opportunities. 

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Topics: How to Get and Keep Good Truck Drivers, Quality Drivers, Aging Workforce

Time to Discuss Fall Driving Hazards

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Oct 3, 2017 3:00:00 PM

As summer comes to an end, the transition to fall presents its own set of challenges to drivers, and motor carriers should be proactive in communicating these hazards to the fleet.

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Topics: Collision Prevention, Driving Hazards, Avoiding Injury

Broaden Your Fleet's Field of View with Fender-Mounted Mirrors

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Sep 26, 2017 2:52:15 PM

Lane change crashes pose a clear and present danger to motor carriers. The trucking industry has made commendable efforts to educate the public about avoiding blind spots around large trucks, but because of federal requirements mandating only two rear-vision mirrors on every tractor, it stands to reason that motor carriers should do more to expand the driver's field of view around the truck to help reduce the risk of a critical crash.

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Topics: Trucking Concerns, Driving Tips, Mirrors, Fender-Mounted Mirrors

Space Management

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Sep 19, 2017 2:56:49 PM

Managing the space around the truck is a challenging task. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash. 

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Topics: Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Distracted Driving

Shop Safety: Fall Prevention

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Sep 14, 2017 2:45:51 PM

Slips and falls are the leading cause of workplace injuries. These incidents often result in traumatic head, neck, back, and other serious injuries which affect you, your family, coworkers, and employer. In addition to the pain and possibility of temporary or permanent disability, a slip and fall injury could cost you in terms of lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and your ability to enjoy the people and activities you love. The key to preventing slips and falls is to be able to recognize hazards and take defensive measures to protect you from injury.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Office Safety

Are You Ready? The Time Is Now – ELD FAQs

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Sep 6, 2017 9:00:31 PM

This is meant to be a summary of information contained in the rule. Be sure to review the rule and seek any legal advice from counsel. This material contains suggestions, and companies should find an approach that fits their unique operations best. Below is a list of several FAQs; for more FAQs and information, please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) FAQ page at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/faqs 

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Topics: ELD, ELD Training

Mirror Use

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Sep 5, 2017 4:54:10 PM

The mirrors on a commercial motor vehicle are an essential piece of safety equipment. Mirrors can help skilled drivers manage the space around the truck and avoid crashes while changing lanes, backing, and turning. Mirrors require proper care and maintenance, however, and truck drivers must be able to recognize the hazards that can potentially render a mirror useless. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash with better use of your truck’s mirrors.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driver Education, Driving Tips

Are You Ready? The Time Is Now – ELD Return on Investment

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Aug 31, 2017 9:39:13 AM

This is meant to be a summary of information contained in the rule. Be sure to review the rule and seek any legal advice from counsel. This material contains suggestions, and companies should find an approach that fits their unique operations best.

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Topics: ELD, ELD Training