Safety & Compliance

Great resource for truckers, mechanics and fleet owners to keep in your shop – Tech Tip Tuesday

Here’s a great resource we found on The American Society of Safety Engineers website that’s useful for truckers, mechanics and fleet owners to use as a technical, safety and compliance checklist.

Download the checklist here

The American Society of Safety Engineers

By |December 1st, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Great resource for truckers, mechanics and fleet owners to keep in your shop – Tech Tip Tuesday

Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.
We found this interesting article on the Trucking Info website.

Fleets should prepare for and practice what to do in the event of a serious accident just like they would for fire drills – from top management to dispatchers to drivers, according to Don Jerrell, a safety expert at HNI Risk Services.

Jerrell, a former driver and safety manager who’s now associate vice president of transportation for HNI, told attendees of the Fleet Safety Conference earlier this year that what drivers and other company personnel do immediately following an accident can help you win a lawsuit or cause you to lose one.

The key, he said, is proper preparation and proper training. Drivers should go through live exercises simulating the aftermath of a crash. Company spokespeople (have you designated who that should be?) should go through simulations of interviews with a camera in their face.

Because the driver is the one on the scene, Jerrell outlined seven steps drivers need to take when involved in an accident. These should be ingrained in them through proper training and practice:

1. Remain calm.

“Before you do anything, take a deep breath,” Jerrell recommended telling drivers. “There’s a high probability you’re the only person on this scene who’s a professional. The people on the scene expect you to do things right, the courts expect you to do things right.” Don’t admit fault to anyone – even a simple “I’m sorry” could be construed by a court as an admittance of guilt.

2. Stop.

Drivers should not move the unit from the crash site unless told to do so by police or signs posted on the highway. If stopping […]

By |November 7th, 2014|Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

How to avoid 6 common CSA violations

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers,” the Greek philosopher Plato once said.

Too bad he wasn’t around when the government was coming up with CSA.

Now four years old, the safety enforcement program known as Compliance, Safety, Accountability relies on almost nothing but numbers. And as numerous studies keep telling us — and as many trucking professionals already know — those numbers are not always reliable.

At the top of the list are your CSA scores, perhaps flawed but visible to the world and used to decide if the DOT needs to pay you a visit, or at least send you a letter.

Pull the curtain on those scores and you can find a mass of interesting and (arguably) more reliable data: the raw numbers coming in from enforcement personnel on the front lines.

Besides giving insight into your CSA scores, the enforcement data can reveal important clues about your drivers and overall safety management. It can tell you where to focus your compliance efforts.

Click here to examine the top three CSA violations for both vehicles and drivers across the industry and discuss practices that can help bring the numbers down.

By |June 3rd, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to avoid 6 common CSA violations