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Why Front-Line Management Must Support Safety

Building an organizational culture that supports safety is no easy task. This is especially true in the trucking industry where there is little or no direct supervision or everyday personal contact with a significant portion of the work force. 
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Ask a Safety Rep: What Should I include in my New Employee Orientation for drivers?

QUESTION: What should I include in my New Employee Orientation for drivers?  ANSWER: The purpose of New Employee Orientation (NEO) is to welcome new employees, introduce them to the organization, and set expectations for their job performance. It is also an excellent loss prevention technique. A well-planned and executed NEO, especially for drivers, can save the company
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How to Minimize the Hazards of Welding Operations

Whether it is a large motor carrier with several experienced welders in the shop, or a small trucking company where welding is only occasionally necessary; the chances are the same type of welding equipment is used, a metal inert gas (MIG) welder. 
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7 Things to Remember for Driver Safety Award Programs, Bonuses, and Incentives

An employee safety incentive program, administered as a sub-component to a comprehensive fleet loss control system, can be an enhancement to an organization’s safety culture. On the other hand, if not designed, implemented, and managed properly, incentive programs can lapse into oblivion very quickly. If your organization is considering implementing a safety incentive program/driver safety award programs, here are some points of discussion that you should consider: 
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Taking Pictures at the Scene of a Collision: Bad or Good Idea?

Truck drivers involved in a crash, either preventable or non-preventable, have many responsibilities at the scene of the collision. One of these responsibilities is documentation of the event. Taking pictures is a crucial part of documenting the scene and visually communicating the situation. Well taken pictures help to tell a story by providing clear and graphic evidence of vehicle damage, personal injury, and other property damage. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. 
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To Swerve or Not to Swerve: That is the Question

The Answer: Don't Swerve   Loss-of-control crashes are sometimes the result of trying to avoid animals or wildlife that are on the roadway. Swerving to miss an animal is not the way to go. Our Great West Casualty Company team has come up with these essential driving techniques.
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Be Good to Yourself: How to Avoid Back Pain

Get back to the basics Sprains and strains to the muscles, tendons and ligaments, and injury of the disks in the back are common injuries that are often avoidable, but can cause severe pain that may result in an inability to do any type of strenuous activity. Be aware of the causes of back injuries and your lifting limitations. Remembering a few pointers on lifting techniques can help you stay healthy.
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Should You Use On-Board/In-Vehicle Cameras?

They're like an extra pair of eyes.  On-board/in-vehicle cameras offer a comprehensive driver safety program for identifying, prioritizing, and correcting the causes of poor driving habits, before they lead to a collision. This "programmatic approach helps transportation companies transform their safety culture and ensures bottom-line results: preventing collisions, fraudulent claims, and saving lives. Most units have a continuous loop system.
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Ask a Safety Rep: What's Included in Post-Collision Testing?

QUESTION:  My driver was involved in a recordable collision and the hospital took blood in lieu of a breath alcohol test. Is this allowed by the FMCSA?
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