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Safety Backing Techniques

Backing up to a dock or into a parking space are two of the most common activities performed by professional truck drivers. It is also one of the most common causes of claims.  According to the National Safety Council, backing accidents cause approximately 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. The majority of these can be prevented if the driver remembers to simply get out and look (GOAL) at the area he/she is backing into before starting the maneuver. For your convenience, Great West Casualty Company offers free GOAL stickers that can be placed in the cab to remind drivers.
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Ask a Safety Rep: Can I Use Retreaded Tires on the Steer Axle?

QUESTION: Can I Use Retreaded Tires on the Steer Axle? ANSWER: No Per FMCSR Part 393.75(e), a regrooved tire with a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than 2,232 kg (4,920 pounds) shall not be used on the front wheels of any truck or truck tractor. Buses are restricted from operating with regrooved, recapped, or retreaded tires on the front wheels regardless of load-carrying capacity.
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Reduce Crashes: Driver-Related Root Causes of Crashes

One of the trucking industry's constant missions is the reduction of crashes. In order to reduce crashes, safety professionals work to try to understand why they occur. With any crash there can be a variety of contributory root causes, including equipment-related issues, environmental conditions, other motorists' actions, etc. However, there is one common denominator with all crashes and that is the involved driver. There are estimates that over 90 percent of root causes of crashes can be traced back to some element of the involved driver. 
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Decision Driving: Are You Making the Right Decisions?

Driving a commercial vehicle requires your full attention because it is a decision-making process. Time and motion studies have found that on average a commercial driver will make 160 driving decisions per mile. In a 500-mile tour of duty, that amounts to 80,000 driving decisions. In a 7-day period, that adds up to 560,000 decisions. In a 50-week time frame (leave out 2 weeks for vacation), that can amount to 28 million driving decisions. 
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Security Alert: 3D Printing - Counterfeit High Security Bolt Seals

The following alert was received from the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition...Swiss Freight Forwarding and Logistics Company provided heightened awareness of a new high tech method of counterfeiting security seals.
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Stay Hydrated this Summer: Say No to Soda, Yes to Water

The heat of summer is upon us. The season of ice covered roads, blizzards, and whiteout conditions has come to an end. Even though for some winter seemed to hold on a little too long...summer is finally here. With the heat comes more sweat. Stay hydrated this summer. The solution? Simply one word, water! 
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Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions. But, they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently, so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.
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Heads Up: 6 Things to Remember When it Comes to Overhead Clearance

Truck drivers must be aware of overhead clearances at all times. 1. A driver cannot rely just on posted clearances; you must know the height of the equipment and/or load in order to know if there is sufficient clearance. If a clearance is doubtful, stop in a safe place and check before proceeding. Overhead clearances can be reduced by resurfacing the roadway, accumulation of ice and snow, crown/hill of the roadway, and/or uneven surface of the road. 
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Stay Cool. Best Practices for Refrigerated Cargo

Below are some tips of the trade when dealing with refrigerated cargo: Does the trailer need to be pre-chilled? A reefer unit only maintains temperature; it is not designed to lower the temperature. If you put refrigerated product in a reefer trailer with an ambient temperature of 90 degrees, you are going to have a problem.
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Complacency 101: The Cause and Cure

The commitment from management is to provide a working environment free from unsafe conditions that may affect the health of the employee, the safety of the employee, and the safety of the public. The review of losses, unsafe driving behaviors, injuries, and near misses can be the result of several different items. However, the “root cause” that can often be ignored or unseen is complacency within the operation, management, and driver. This article will take a look at some causes and cures for complacency.
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