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Take Your Risk Control Efforts to New Heights

Implementing an effective risk control technique requires advance analysis and planning. No one wants to expend resources on a solution that may look good on paper, but once implemented, fails to address the intended risk properly.   As you can see in the graphic below, eliminating hazards that increase the risk of a loss is the most effective risk control technique. Eliminating a hazard could be as simple as changing a driver’s route to avoid a specific hazard or removing a defective piece of equipment from the shop.
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Road rage: How to protect yourself

Road rage is a criminal offense that can result in jail time. Road rage occurs when one driver commits an act of violence against another road user, such as a motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. An act of violence can include using your vehicle as a weapon, dueling another vehicle in a reckless chase, or getting out of your vehicle and brandishing a weapon with the intent to injure another driver. Rarely is road rage triggered by a single incident. Rather, it is usually the last straw in a long series of stressors. Read the information below to learn how to protect yourself from others with road rage or identify when road rage is an issue for you. If it is, below are suggestions for helping you to control your behavior.
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Vehicle inspections: a 15-point list

49 CFR Part 396.13 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations specifies a driver’s responsibilities before operating a commercial motor vehicle. Below is an abbreviated list to remind you of the tasks to complete each day and the areas of the vehicle to inspect. For additional information, refer to 49 CFR Part 396 - Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance.
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5 Steps of Managing Risk

All motor carriers share one thing in common: managing risk, a task that is key to profitability. Regardless of fleet size, every motor carrier strives to minimize the risks that can lead to financial losses. For those new to risk management, the concepts and techniques used may feel overwhelming, even confusing. That’s okay.   To help you ease into this world, review the graphic below; it demonstrates a five-step risk management process. Keep in mind, this example is not intended to be all-inclusive, and you may choose to expand your own process beyond five steps. This example is simply for educational purposes but spotlights a common risk all motor carriers face: rear-end crashes.
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To All the Truck Drivers, we Say Thank You!

    At Great West Casualty Company, we are committed to being a trusted and dependable partner to those who make their living transporting our nation’s goods. With more than 65 years of serving motor carriers, Great West takes pride in being there when you need us.
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Ask the safety rep: Regulatory updates

ARE DRIVERS STILL REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THEIR ANNUAL LIST OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS? As of May 8, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) eliminated the annual requirement for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to submit a list of their convictions for traffic violations to their employers.
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Brake Safety Week is nearing - are you ready?

  Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance   The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 21-27, 2022. Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week. Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations, or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles that pass eligible inspections may receive a CVSA Password-Inspection decal.
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10 Things You Can do to Lower Your Insurance Costs

How do you cut your truck insurance rates as a motor carrier? While there is no specific formula to reduce the costs of insuring a fleet of trucks and their drivers, there are ways to impact your bottom line over time. Creating a safety strategy, taking consistent action, and dedicating resources to improving safety are key.
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How To Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week

How to make sure your drivers and staff are ready From July 10-16, 2022, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its Operation Safe Driver campaign throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Motor carriers of all sizes must prepare for this event by educating themselves about what Operation Safe Driver Week means for their trucking operations.
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Try a holistic approach to managing risk at a motor carrier

Taking a holistic approach to safety focuses on three key elements of a motor carrier’s operations: technology, people, and organization. When each of these elements is addressed in a company’s risk management strategy, the result can be the creation of a strong culture. This culture can design safety into its processes and procedures, identify and correct unsafe conditions before an incident occurs, and in the event an incident does occur, respond and investigate to prevent reoccurrences.
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