Preparing for a roadside inspection can be an intimidating and stressful event, but it’s one that commercial truck drivers must deal with on a regular basis. Roadside inspections take time, possibly costing you money in lost loads, missed appointments, and perhaps, even receiving a fine for[...]
Preserving the crash scene and documenting the facts surrounding the incident can play an important role in minimizing the severity of a loss and proving where the fault lies. Because crash scenes can be chaotic, Great West Casualty Company provides its insureds with free crash reporting kits to[...]
One of the trucking industry’s constant missions is the reduction of crashes. In order to reduce crashes, safety professionals work to try to understand why they occur. With any crash there can be a variety of contributory root causes including equipment-related issues, environmental conditions,[...]
With the start of the new year, there are numerous regulatory updates that motor carriers should be watching and addressing. Here is a high-level overview of the changes that will affect motor carriers.
Mitch drove farm equipment growing up and started driving professionally at age 21. Within 10 years, he had started his own company and had grown to seven trucks. Mitch continued to drive regionally. The following is Mitch's testimonial about a crash that could have cost him everything.
There are four types of loss exposures that every motor carrier must address, especially in winter when the risk of vehicle crashes and workplace injuries increases. Loss exposures involving personnel (employees), equipment (tractors, trailers, facilities, etc.), net income (revenue), and[...]
The deadline to equip trucks with electronic logging devices (ELDs) is December 18, 2017. With this date looming, motor carriers should be well into the implementation process. If not, it is highly recommended to begin this process immediately. ELD vendors are warning procrastinating motor[...]
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.[...]
Road tests are an invaluable risk management technique. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations allow motor carriers to accept a driver’s CDL in lieu of conducting a road test, this is one area where successful trucking companies go beyond compliance. Having a CDL does not mean an[...]
The season of icy parking lots, slippery sidewalks, and snowcovered doorsteps may be over but the danger of slips, trips, and falls remains. Despite warmer temperatures, many workplace hazards exist that can cause serious employee injuries…even death.