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Leadership's Role In Addressing Driver Distractions

Distractions, both inside the cab and out, are competing for the driver’s attention behind the wheel and increasing the risk of a crash. These distractions, in turn, expose motor carriers to potentially catastrophic losses involving personnel, equipment, revenue, and third-party liability claims. According to a 2015 survey by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), distractions are one of the top ten industry issues that concern motor carriers.
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2017 CVSA International Roadcheck Dates Announced

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its 30th annual International Roadcheck Enforcement Event from June 6-8, 2017. The event is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial motor vehicles. During last year’s 3-day event, nearly 63,000 vehicles were inspected in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
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Avoiding Trip Injuries Around The Shop And Warehouse

Recognize the Hazards Environment/Equipment Wet or slick surfaces Uneven surfaces and level changes Power cords and hoses Tools, parts, and portable equipment Clutter on stairs
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Time to Discuss Spring Driving Hazards

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and motor carriers are exhaling a collective sigh of relief now that winter is mostly in the rearview mirror. But while things are looking up, now is not the time to relax one’s safety posture. The arrival of spring brings its unique hazards, and operations staff plays a critical role in preventing crashes by discussing spring-time hazards and defensive driving techniques with drivers.
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Be Proactive by Targeting Critical Crashes

When it comes to losses, a motor carrier that operates in a reactive mode is putting itself in a bad position. It is like closing the barn door after the horses get out. The damage is done, and the only hope is to minimize the loss. A better approach is to get ahead of a loss by taking steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. For this reason, successful motor carriers invest the time to evaluate their operations and identify the risks that could potentially force them to close their doors. 
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Ask A Safety Representative: Can Some Be Exempt from Using ELDs?

  I have heard that some may be exempt from using electronic logging devices (ELDs). Is that true?
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Regulatory Updates to Be Aware Of

With the start of the new year, there are numerous regulatory updates that motor carriers should be watching and taking action on. Here is a high-level overview of the changes that will affect motor carriers. 
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What You Need to Know About the Federal Clearing House For Drug and Alcohol Test Results

In early December 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final ruling on the creation and management of a first-ever federal clearinghouse for driver drug and alcohol test results. Administered and maintained in strict compliance with Federal Security Standards and the Privacy Act, the clearinghouse database will become a central repository containing the alcohol and drug test records of every driver for five years, or until the driver has completed the return-to-duty process, whichever is later.
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Things to Consider When Selecting an ELD

The deadline to equip trucks with electronic logging devices (ELDs) is December 18, 2017. With this date looming, motor carriers should be well into the implementation process. If not, it is highly recommended to begin this process immediately. ELD vendors are warning procrastinating motor carriers that supplies could be slim as the deadline nears and motor carriers should allow at least six months for purchasing the equipment, installation, training, and post-production support.
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Keep Focused On Winter Weather Hazards

There are four types of loss exposures that every motor carrier must address, especially in winter when the risk of vehicle crashes and workplace injuries increases. Loss exposures involving personnel (employees), equipment (tractors, trailers, facilities, etc.), net income (revenue), and liability (third party) can all be affected by a single incident, such as a truck crash. That is why management should lead the effort to communicate the dangers winter weather can present. Here are some simple yet effective tips to help workers avoid injuries and crashes when severe weather is present.
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