Archive For The “Trucking and Transportation” Category

Trucking Risk Insights: Medical Certification Requirements for CDL Drivers

By | April 22, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a rule change in the hopes of removing unfit commercial truck and bus drivers from the roadways. According to businessinsurance.com, this change came after the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which found that, in just over a year’s time, 563,000 commercial drivers’ licenses had […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Protect Against Hand Injuries

By | April 22, 2014

Of the many tools that we have available, our hands are the most valuable. They provide us with the dexterity necessary to perform precise maneuvers that even the most advanced technology cannot replicate. Even the simplest tasks are difficult for a person that does not have full use of his or her hands. Hand injuries […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Safety in Reverse

By | April 22, 2014

The transportation industry is inherently dangerous. Whether you are on the road or at the loading dock, you have a variety of risk factors to consider. Backing accidents can result in personal injury, property damage and increased insurance expenses. Backing up a vehicle, whether it is an automobile or large truck, can be a difficult […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Hand-held Cell Phones are Dangerous . . . and Illegal

By | February 28, 2014

Effective Jan. 3, 2012, the Department of Transportation prohibits commercial motor vehicle operators with interstate authority from using hand-held mobile phones.   This restriction is designed to curb distractions for commercial truck and bus drivers: Driver distractions represented 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009.   Banned Devices and Practices The use of hand-held […]

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Trucking Playing it Safe: Keep it Cool, Reefer Drivers!

By | February 28, 2014

Reefer trucks are essential for delivering temperature-sensitive products safely, and refrigerated products no longer include only food. Properly maintaining a reefer unit is the key to delivering an undamaged product, whether it is perishable food, sensitive electronic equipment or medical supplies.   Carrying refrigerated cargo can be especially dangerous because if the trailer’s temperature gets […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Your Mirrors, a Crucial Driving Tool

By | February 28, 2014

Trucks often have only the use of side-view mirrors, which makes them a crucial driving tool. The special towing mirrors that are larger and extend farther away from the cab than car mirrors require proper adjustment to ensure a full spectrum of vision and prevent blind spots as much as possible. Knowing how to set […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Load Securing Safety for Flatbed Drivers

By | February 28, 2014

All drivers should be properly trained to handle each kind of vehicle they drive; however, flatbed truck drivers have special safety concerns because of the open nature of the vehicle. Because flatbed trucks tend to carry larger, more irregularly shaped commodities and because there is little protection keeping the load stable, you should be placing […]

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Trucking Safety Matters: Concrete Truck Safety

By | February 28, 2014

Delivering concrete comes with a variety of additional safety concerns not faced by the average delivery driver. From filling to unloading, there are a number of operational concerns you need to keep in mind in order to ensure continued safety.   Cement Dust Exposure to cement dust can cause irritation to your eyes, skin and […]

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Trucking Risk Insights: Reducing Cargo Theft

By | February 19, 2014

It is estimated that cargo theft results in losses of $15 to $30 billion annually in the United States. While those numbers may seem alarmingly high, they illustrate just how vulnerable cargo is during the shipping process. Shipping losses can dramatically cut into your bottom line, making it essential that you do everything you can […]

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Trucking Risk Insights: Top Ten Vehicle Maintenance Violations

By | February 19, 2014

A roadside inspection is an examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and drivers by a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector to determine compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs.) Serious violations result in the issuance of driver or vehicle out of service (OOS) orders. These violations […]

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