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Winter weather creates the perfect conditions for slips and falls.
In the trucking industry, winter ice and snow slip and fall injuries account for 1/3 of all workers' comp claims.

So, to help avoid injury when walking on ice and snow, here are some simple tips:


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CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week coming up Oct. 16-22

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week will begin this Sunday on Oct. 16 and run through Saturday, Oct. 22.

The program is designed to combat unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers.


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Driving Habits Add Up - One Safe Mile at A Time!

Our driving habits are influenced by the way we think when we are behind the wheel. Up to ninety-five percent of motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver error. To be an accident-free driver you must always be aware of what is happening around you. Drive defensively by thinking and planning ahead. That way you will see trouble before you are involved in it. Here are some Safe driving tips:


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Annual Brake inspection blitz set for September 11 – 17

Inspectors will be paying special attention to brake safety during the CVSA Brake Safety Week. Inspectors will be looking for "out of adjustment" brakes, brake system and "anti-lock" braking system violations.

Please make sure you are conducting a thorough Pre-Trip inspection while looking for out of adjustment brakes, loose or missing brake parts, air leaks, worn linings, and defective drums.


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Projections are that over 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend. That's a 2% increase from last year. Fuel prices have risen, but are still low compared to previous years. Due to the lower fuel prices the majority of travelers are hitting the road, with more 35 million driving. That is a lot of extra traffic on the roads starting the week of July 4th.


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Slips, trips and falls are frequent causes of injury for drivers. Over half of all slips and falls occur on or near the tractor or while drivers enter and exit their tractors and trailers. In addition, slips and falls occur while hooking up the trailer or securing the load.

Slips, trips and falls are also common on loading docks, where drivers in multi-stop and pick-up and delivery work are at the greatest risk. No matter where they occur, slips, trips and falls can be very painful and costly. Resulting injuries may include cuts, bruises, muscle sprains and strains, broken bones and back injuries, and may even result in death.


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Roadcheck 2014 is slated this year for June 3-5. Roadcheck is the largest, targeted commercial vehicle enforcement program in the world. During its 72-hours, an estimated 14 commercial vehicles will be inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico! During Roadcheck 2013, over 73,000 inspections were conducted by an estimated 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors at 2,000+ locations across North America.


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As the temperature drops, the number of slips and falls rise!

The effect weather has on workplace accidents and injuries cannot be overstated. Wind, rain, snow, and ice all play a part in increasing the frequency of several types of accidents and injuries. Snow and ice raise special safety concerns because they increase the likelihood of slips and falls, particularly on stairs, ramps, slopes, and parking lots

Accident studies indicate that almost 80 percent of slips and falls due to snow and ice occur in parking lots or on sidewalks. More than 50 percent occur in the morning between 6:00 a.m. and noon.


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It’s that time of year again! Driving a commercial vehicle during the often extreme driving conditions of winter presents many challenges for our drivers. Many serious crashes occur during winter driving months because drivers have not planned ahead! Good planning and a few simple good habits can protect you and those that share the road with you during the winter months ahead.


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Making turns in a tractor trailer is something that needs perfecting through practice and patience.  Practice comes from doing it…the daily honing of critical skills necessary for the job. Patience comes from the knowledge that you are capable of handling any situation the road throws at you, in a professional and courteous manner, because you have fine-tuned those critical skills needed to drive a tractor trailer safely. In this video we will touch on different issues of making a turn with information that...


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As delivery drivers, backing is something we must do every day.  Almost all backing accidents are preventable!  GOAL…Get Out And Look, is the best way to prevent a backing accident. In this video we talk about different job duties drivers fail to do that will result in a backing accident. To watch this video and more have a look at our YouTube channel or the Employee Video library found here on our website (login required). ...


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  A large part of Fatigue is Drowsiness, which is the last step before falling asleep…not the first. Drowsiness means you are seconds away from falling asleep; you must put forth a conscious effort to remain focused and stay awake. At one moment you are aware of the fatigue and in a split second you are sound asleep, completely unaware of what your vehicle is doing. This is an incredibly dangerous situation! Fatigue can be responsible for all different kinds of accidents…from hitting a yellow pole in a parking lot to a rollover accident due to ...


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Winter often means snow-covered and icy roads. Experienced truckers know that the lighter the load, the less traction the tires have. Even trucks hauling heavy loads can lose traction in snow and ice. One of the most important things about driving a commercial motor vehicle during adverse weather conditions is to maintain vehicle traction. Ice, snow, and high winds all work towards reducing traction as well as visibility.  Tire chains are one of the best tools to help maintain traction when the road surfaces are covered in winter precipitation. In this video we ...


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Winter is just around the corner and with that being said comes challenges in all aspects of our job duties. The long days will be drawing to an end resulting in shorter days and longer nights. Warm breezes will soon change to cold harsh winds. Gentle showers will change over to bitter snow or ice storms. Soon, just a short walk from the truck to the building could be a challenge in and of itself! Each year, thousands of professional drivers are seriously injured due to not paying attention during winter conditions. Driving or even walking in ice and snow requires yo...


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Uncoupling the trailer is a relatively simple procedure, but if you perform this task wrong, the results could be very expensive. Damage to equipment, freight, and service issues for our customers could result. This video explains how to minimize risk by properly uncoupling the trailer. Remember… A little consideration for the next driver can go a long way.  You never know… you might be the “next” driver!   To watch this video and more have a look at our YouTube channel or the Employee Video library found...


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