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Driver Safety Meetings: To Conduct or Not To Conduct

There are many motor carriers that are either unable or unwilling to bring their drivers together for collective, formal safety meet-ings. Reasons for this include; operational tempo (24/7 customer service requirements), a geographically diverse or remotely do-miciled driver force, and use of all independent contractor drivers.
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Near-Miss Reporting

Near-Miss Reporting systems have been a part of successful safety management programs for several years. They have been used in the aviation industry to collect close call reports from pilots, flight attendants. and air traffic controllers. The National Fire Fighter Near­Miss Reporting System was established in 2005. Near-Miss Reports are used in the healthcare industry to help ensure safe operating procedures and treatment practices. Other terms for near misses are "near hit" and close call.
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Do Your Training and Education Efforts Get The Thumbs Up From Your Employees?

You have probably participated in safety meetings, either as an attendee or a presenter. Think back to some of the better meetings you attended. What was it that made it a particularly effective or worthwhile event to attend? Memorable training events probably have something to do with the preparation and forethought put into the meeting. It may have been enhanced by a real world personal experience or a concerted effort to interact with participants.
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Handling Driver Objections At Safety Meetings

There are many reasons some trucking companies do not holding regular driver safety meetings. They may include not enough time, too costly, too difficult to get them all in one place, don’t want to take away from home time, and “we use web based training”. One reason that often isn’t voiced, but is a factor, is the fear of confrontation with a driver. Some may be apprehensive about a driver disagreeing or opposing what is being offered in terms of strategy for handling road/traffic conditions. The person leading the training may be someone who has not been driving truck for a number of years so they think things have changed, they may be someone who has never driven truck so they do not feel competent, or they just do not want to argue with a driver especially in front of a group.
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