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Control Environmental Workplace Hazards

As regulatory and legal constraints continue to adversely impact the motor carrier industry, today's trucking executives must explore new risk management approaches to protect the organization's assets and profitability. Preventing or mitigating personal injuries is crucial in controlling the ever-increasing workers' compensation costs.
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How to Avoid U-Turns

Run-under crashes are one of the most devastating losses a trucking company can experience. A run-under crash can cost thousands of dollars in physical damage and personal injury. However, these crashes are frequently among the easiest to prevent. Many run-under crashes involve U-turns. A run-under crash caused by a U-turn is possibly the easiest to prevent…never make a U-turn.
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Test Time: Top 10 Road Test Tips

  Giving a road test to an applicant seeking employment can be one of the best ways to determine whether the individual will be a safe hire. When conducting a road test, you can spot poor driving habits that may translate into serious crashes if the behaviors are not corrected.
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Cell Phone Reminder: Hang Up and Drive

The deadly results of a high-speed crash involving a large truck versus another vehicle can often be related to one or more drivers using a cell phone. The last thing a driver should want to be faced with in an accident is contributing causes from the use of a cell phone. 
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Refrigerated Carriers: Regulation Temperature Sensitive Loads

Refrigerated carriers have the option of running their refrigeration units in two modes; "continuous" and "start stop". Recently there has been an increase in losses from the use of the "start stop" mode  by carriers wanting to conserve fuel costs. The only sure way to keep temperature-sensitive loads at the optimum temperature is to have the refrigeration unit set on "continuous."
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Tips for Crossing Railroad Tracks Safely

No matter where you drive, there are railroad crossings in every city and every state in America. 
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Tips to Bolster the Level of Customer Service

How does a company maintain a position of excellence within their chosen marketplace? This is the question that has led to scores of courses, books, and, lectures. Satisfying a product or service need is the universal foundation of any business operation. In addition to fulfilling the product/service need, marketplace impression will always be shaped by the level of customer service provided.
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Ask a Safety Rep: What is Respiratory Protection?

QUESTION:   What is Respiratory Protection? ANSWER: Respiratory protection, including a NIOSH-certified respirator, is designed to protect employees from harmful airborne agents. For motor carriers that haul commodities categorized as inhalation hazards, such as Anhydrous Ammonia, they may be required to provide respiratory protection to drivers and employees who may be exposed to such hazards.
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Driver Safety Programs: Save Money By Reducing Crashes

It is no secret that crashes are largely preventable and are often caused by driver error. By implementing a driver safety program at your company, you can greatly reduce your risk while protecting your company’s bottom line.
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Do Your Employees Share Your Values?

As an effective leader, you very likely have a core set of standards and principles which you are not willing to tolerate any compromise on. Most would refer to these deeply held standards as your set of values. While priorities will often change as circumstances change, your personal values do not change. They are not subject to compromise.
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