December 2011


DOT Bans Hand-Held Cell Phones for Commercial Drivers

The DOT announced a final rule prohibiting truck drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. Drivers who violate the rule will face fines up to $2,750 for each offense in addition to disqualification from operating a CMV for multiple offenses. Carriers who permit their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving face a maximum penalty of $11,000. The rule will take effect January 1, 2012.  more >>

Implementing a Return-to-Work Program

Your workers are one of your most valuable assets. When they sustain injuries, it can have a significant impact on productivity, overall morale and your company's bottom line. It's in everyone's best interest to get injured workers back to work as soon as possible. Return-to-work programs facilitate this transition while benefitting both you and your workers.  more >>

Do's and Don'ts of Railroad Crossings

More than 3,000 highway-rail grade crossing incidents occur each year. Of those, 700 involve trucks or tractor-trailers, according to FMCSA. These incidents often result in injury and sometimes even death. Your drivers need to be aware of the specific actions required to safely cross railroad tracks in order to prevent collisions and stay in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.  more >>

Utilizing Chock Blocks to Prevent Unnecessary Accidents

The loading dock area presents many opportunities for injuries. Trailers inadvertently moving while loading or unloading is especially dangerous and often results in serious injury and even death. A simple, effective solution to prevent trailer roll is using chock blocks. It takes very little time to set up chock blocks but they can go a long way in preventing injuries and fatalities. more >>

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