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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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Intrastate vs. Interstate: Which is Which?

Part 390.5 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) defines interstate and intrastate commerce in the following manner: Interstate commerce means trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States — (1) Between a place in a state and a place outside of such state (including a place outside of the United States); (2) Between two places in a state through another state or a place outside of the United States; or (3) Between two places in a state as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the state or the United States.
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Cargo Theft Prevention Tips: Don't Let It Happen to You

Cargo theft continues to plague the transportation industry. It may seem that cargo theft is a victimless crime, but in actuality it affects all of us because manufacturers price their goods to include a theft component. While there are several estimates of how much is taken in cargo thefts annually, the FBI estimates place cargo theft at a $20 billion dollar a year industry. The FBI also believes that some cargo theft money goes to funding terrorism.
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Planning for Emergencies: Always be Prepared

In 2010, a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Chile, created power outages, landslides, and tremendous damage to homes and businesses throughout the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy killed at least 69 people in the Caribbean before moving north and merging with a winter weather front over the United States. Sandy slammed New York City and the mid-Atlantic region with devastating wind, rain, and tidal surges. And, more recently, wild fires in northern California destroyed as many as 250 homes and charred more than 90 square miles of earth. 
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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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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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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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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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