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Does Your Company Brand Attract Quality Drivers?

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Feb 20, 2018 3:23:25 PM

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) publishes a top ten list each year of industry concerns based on surveys conducted with trucking executives. Driver shortage and retention are two related issues which have appeared on the ATRI list for many years and are issues every motor carrier faces. Recruiting and retaining quality drivers seems to be a never-ending process.
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Topics: How to Get and Keep Good Truck Drivers, Quality Drivers, Driver Training

Ask the Safety Rep: If a driver is permitted to use a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) for personal reasons, how must the driving time be recorded with an ELD?

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Feb 13, 2018 2:42:07 PM

Good question! The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) do not provide a specific regulation on this matter, but the guidance in 49 C.F.R. § 395.8, Question 26, helps clarify any confusion.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Safety Culture, Safety Policies, Safety, Ask the Safety Rep

Rollovers

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Feb 6, 2018 3:22:53 PM

Tractor-trailers typically have a high center of gravity; this makes them susceptible to rollover crashes. The key to preventing rollovers is for drivers to be able to recognize the hazards that increase the likelihood of a crash and to take appropriate defensive measures. 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 rollover.

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Topics: Loss-of-control crashes, Reducing Crashes, Critical Crashes, Rollovers

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 30, 2018 3:18:03 PM

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of major depression that is typically associated with the change of seasons. SAD can occur in the winter or summer months but is most common during periods of reduced daylight hours and colder temperatures. This psychological condition can seriously affect a person’s health and wellness. SAD can also act as a distraction and lead to a vehicle crash or workplace injury. Here are some warning signs of SAD and some suggestions on how to address the issue either for you or someone you know:

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Topics: Driver health, Driver Safety, Winter Weather

Slips and Falls

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 23, 2018 3:28:15 PM

Slips are the result of a person losing balance or footing due to a lack of friction between the foot and the ground. Falls that result from slipping are the leading cause of workplace injuries. From cuts and bruises to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even death, a simple loss of traction could seriously jeopardize your quality of life. The key to protecting yourself is recognizing the hazards that can lead to slips and falls and knowing how to reduce your risk of injury.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Winter Weather, Office Safety

Winter Safety

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 16, 2018 3:27:13 PM

For most of the country, winter brings frigid temperatures, slippery road conditions, and treacherous walking surfaces. In the event of a possible roadside emergency, you do not want to risk frostbite or hypothermia. The key to protecting yourself is to be able to recognize the hazards that can lead to winter-related injuries and illnesses and know how to protect yourself.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Winter Weather, Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Winter Driving

Jackknifes

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 9, 2018 2:17:48 PM

Due to winter roadways, there is an increased risk of jackknifes, but this type of loss of control crash can occur any time of the year. To avoid a jackknife - or to recover from one, drivers must be able to recognize the hazards that contribute to a jackknife. They must also know how to defend against it. 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: Winter Weather, Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Winter Driving, Jaccknifes

Time to Discuss Winter Driving Hazards

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Jan 2, 2018 3:33:33 PM

Winter is here, and truck drivers across the country must deal with extreme weather and winter driving conditions. Ice, snow, high winds, poor visibility, frigid temperatures, and other hazards greatly impact driver safety. These factors can also lead to a critical crash, such as a rollover, jackknife, or lane departure. Critical crashes can have negative repercussions throughout the organization and severely disrupt operations. That is why the time is now for operations staff to remind drivers of winter driving hazards and protective driving techniques needed to prevent a serious loss. Here are some key points operations staff should cover with drivers.

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Topics: Winter Weather, Collision Prevention, Preventing Injury, Driving Tips, Driving Hazards, Winter Driving

Maintain Business Continuity with Proactive Facility Inspections

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Dec 26, 2017 3:22:59 PM

Waiting to close the barn door until after the cows had gotten out is an old expression that motor carriers might be able to relate to if they are taking a reactive approach to preventing workplace incidents. Fixing hazards after an incident is the responsible thing to do and may prevent future occurrences, but the fact remains that if the incident resulted in an employee injury, an employee was injured and that cannot be undone. One way to get ahead of workplace injuries is to be proactive and perform facility inspections.

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Topics: Effective Leadership

Avoiding Right Turn Squeeze Crashes

Posted by Great West Casualty Company on Dec 19, 2017 3:28:26 PM

A right-turn squeeze crash can occur when a truck driver makes a wide right turn and leaves too much space between the truck and the curb. A vehicle behind may mistake this maneuver as the truck simply changing lanes or as soon as the right lane opens up the driver ignores the truck’s turn signal and accelerates alongside the truck. Either way, as soon as the truck makes its right-hand turn, the other vehicle gets caught under the trailer or impacts the side of the truck. This type of run under crash can be prevented if truck drivers are able to recognize the hazards that increase the likelihood of a crash and take defensive measures to prevent a loss. 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: Reducing Crashes, Critical Crashes