Safety en Safety lessons learned following truck driver's tragic death <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>On Oct. 26, 2015, a truck driver was delivering and picking up some large steel coils, each weighing about 7.6 tons. In a tragic accident, one of the coils tipped over during loading and crushed the driver. These are the lessons learned following an investigation.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:57:00 +0000 221191 at <p>The loading area where the fatal incident occurred. <em>(Kentucky Labor Cabinet Occupational Safety &amp; Health Program photo)</em></p> Roadcheck 2017 is underway <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="">Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department</a> (AHTD) in conjunction with local law enforcement officers are already hard at work checking out trucks, buses, and other commercial equipment as part of the 30<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="">Roadcheck International</a> 72-hour inspection blitz taking place across North America this week.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Safety Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:40:00 +0000 220131 at <p>Photo: Rusty Hubbard/AHTD</p> Safety pro Duvall awarded NPTC top grad <div class="field-byline"> Michael Catarevas </div> <div class="field-deck"> Dot Transportation exec asserts team interaction is key </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Understanding from personal experience what it&rsquo;s like to drive a truck professionally has given Scott Duvall a unique perspective in his job as a safety manager for Dot Transportation, Mt. Sterling, IL, the largest food redistributor in the U.S.</p> <p>He also recently was named the top Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) graduate for the class of 2017 by the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) at the group&rsquo;s annual meeting in Cincinnati back in May.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Silver Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:50:00 +0000 219911 at Tire safety matters every day <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Last week was National Tire Safety Week, a time when a spotlight shined on the importance of tires to the safe operation of vehicles. Largely aimed at the motoring public, the week seeks to get vehicle owners to do things like inspect the tread, check alignment and check tire pressure.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Safety Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:08:00 +0000 219891 at Training to haul fuel for the Marines <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>Hauling fuel in a the civilian world is a dangerous enough job, but when you drive a tanker for the U.S. Marine Corps, you&rsquo;re expected to deliver fuel in some pretty rough locales &ndash; ones with roads that, to put it politely, aren&rsquo;t in the greatest of shape. That&rsquo;s why the Marines conduct a month-long Semitrailer Refueler Operator Course (SROC) to sharpen not just the driving skills of its motor transport leathernecks but to fine-tune how they load and offload fuel from their rigs as well. (<em>All photos by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Jimenez</em>)</p> </div> Fleet Management News Safety Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:32:00 +0000 219831 at <p>Photo: U.S. Marine Corps</p> Daily preparations make getting through Roadcheck easier <div class="field-deck"> Pilot Flying J offers Roadcheck advice and updates on new roadside service. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Michael Donner, regional manger with <a href="" target="_blank">Pilot Flying J Truck Care</a>, has advice for any truck drivers that might be cramming to be ready for a possible inspection next week during Roadcheck.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers should be preparing daily for these inspections and not just this one big push,&rdquo; he said.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Safety Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:33:00 +0000 219541 at <p>Preparing every day for a possible inspection is a good way to avoid emergency maintenance needs&nbsp;over the long term, Michael Donner said. (Photo: Pilot Flying J)</p> Averitt deploys SmartDrive video-safety program <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>SmartDrive Systems announced that Averitt Express has deployed the <a href="" target="_blank">SmartDrive video-based safety program</a> to reduce collision frequency, minimize costs related to insurance claims and litigation, and improve driver safety.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Technology Tue, 23 May 2017 11:50:00 +0000 219091 at Tying down cargo securement <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Roadcheck 2017 is taking place June 6 through 8. The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance event will see triple the number of inspections normally completed during a 72-hour period.</p> <p>This year, as in years past, CVSA is placing special emphasis on a single violation category. For the upcoming safety blitz, it will be cargo securement. Inspections are not limited to this area, but as we know, when an inspector finds one thing wrong, he or she is more likely to check other areas of the truck.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Mon, 15 May 2017 14:47:00 +0000 218561 at Benefits of stability control mandate outweigh costs, Bendix's Andersky says <div class="field-deck"> Could lack of new leadership at NHTSA, FMCSA delay automated driving policies? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>All regulations are not created equal. While the trucking industry has been victimized by too many costly rules, the electronic stability control mandate should be considered a positive development, offering benefits at a relatively low cost.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Safety Fri, 12 May 2017 17:19:00 +0000 218451 at <p>An estimated 35% to 40% new trucks being produced today include electronic stability control (ESC), but Bendix noted that has &ldquo;flat lined&rdquo; in recent years. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Uber Freight: It was just a tweet <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p class="p1">Living on the West Coast, my mornings consist of a mad scramble to catch up on news I&rsquo;ve missed while sleeping. With so many news outlets and social media sharing, it can be a maddening process.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Technology The Open Road Thu, 11 May 2017 22:59:00 +0000 218351 at