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Are You Ready? The Time Is Now - The Successful Transition from Paper to Electronic Logs

Switching from a paper logging system to an electronic logging system is not as simple as “plug in the device and let the data flow.” While electronic logging devices (ELDs) are nothing more than “very accurate logs,” the switch to an electronic logging system will impact all departments and all phases of your operation. It must be handled as a significant change, using a change management process approach. Using a change management process will allow you to maintain stability and continuity while reaching your end-state goal. In this case, the goal is the company operating effectively using an electronic logging system. With the Final Rule requiring that most drivers switch to electronic logs by December 18, 2017, carriers need to determine their end-state goal and start moving toward it sooner rather than later. There are many different change management models to work from. We are going to use one of the basic models - Prepare, Manage, Reinforce - and discuss the thoughts and actions that need to go into each step of the process. This is meant to be a summary of information contained in the rule. Be sure to review the rule and seek any legal advice from counsel. This material contains suggestions, and companies should find an approach that fits their unique operations best.
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How Engineering Controls Help Manage Risk

Managing the risks associated with trucking operations can be a daunting task. From choosing the right insurer to navigating contract pitfalls, there are countless ways a motor carrier can experience losses. To keep the wheels turning in today’s environment, leaders who are willing to look at operational exposures from every angle and select the most effective risk management technique are better positioned to avoid, or at least mitigate, future losses.
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Are You Ready? Helpful Hints for Choosing an ELD System

Since the system will involve hardware and software, you will need to consider when and how the devices and back office system can be implemented. How long will it realistically take you to install all the equipment once the decision is made to move forward? What level of technical knowledge will your mechanics need to install and set up the onboard system? Are you going to use outside shops to install some or all of the devices? Do you need your own IT personnel to install and operate the system? Does the vendor store the data and provide an access portal, rather than placing the hardware and software burden on you? If so, how extensive is the training for back office personnel going to be? These are all considerations that need to be reviewed in advance. This is meant to be a summary of information contained in the rule. Be sure to review the rule and seek any legal advice from counsel. This material contains suggestions, and companies should find an approach that fits their unique operations best.
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Office Safety: Fall Prevention

Slips and falls are the leading cause of workplace injuries. These incidents often result in traumatic head, neck, back, and other serious injuries which affect you, your family, coworkers, and employer. In addition to pain and the possibility of temporary or permanent disability, a slip and fall injury could cost you in lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and your ability to enjoy the people and activities you love. The key to preventing slips and falls is to be able to recognize hazards and take defensive measures to protect you from injury.
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Are You Ready? The Time Is Now - ELD Mandate Breakdown

The mandate for installing and using electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial vehicles became a reality on December 16, 2015. Unless your company is currently using automated on-board recording devices (AOBRD), it is important to begin or finalize the process soon. This is meant to be a summary of information contained in the rule. Be sure to review the rule and seek any legal advice from counsel. This material contains suggestions, and companies should find an approach that fits their unique operations best. Read below to learn more about the Final Rule. 
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Time to Discuss Summer Driving Hazards

Back in 1934, George Gershwin sang about “summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That is what summer is meant to be. Warm weather, enjoying the outdoors, and hitting the open road for a well-deserved summer vacation are what we live for, but there is nothing easy about the roads today, especially during the summer months. Road construction, motorcycles, bicyclists, and increased pedestrian traffic all ramp up in the summer, so now is a good time for motor carriers to remind drivers of these hazards.
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CVSA Brake Safety Day Date Announced

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is drumming up awareness for its Brake Safety Day on Thursday, September 7, 2017. During this enforcement and compliance campaign, law enforcement agencies across Mexico, the United States, and Canada will conduct inspections on buses and large trucks to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, brake-system, and antilock braking system (ABS) failures and violations as part of the CVSA Operation Airbrake Program.
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Real-Time Industry Apps Alleviate Driver Parking Woes

For many over-the-road drivers, finding an available place to stop or rest for the night after an 11 to 14-hour shift can be cumbersome. In their study, titled "Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry,” the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) found that the lack of “available, safe parking for truck drivers,” ranked as the fourth overall issue impacting the industry in 2016.
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How Leadership Can Help Prevent Rear-End Crashes

Many factors contribute to rear-end crashes and several involve the decisions made behind the wheel by drivers. These decisions include determining proper following distance, adjusting speed with road conditions, avoiding distractions, and reacting properly to hazards. But there are other factors outside the cab that can also contribute to rear-end crashes, and those serving in leadership roles for a motor carrier play a critical role in helping prevent this type of critical crash.
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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects OOIDA’s ELD Appeal

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not hear the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s (OOIDA) appeal to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) ELD mandate. 
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