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10 Most Common OSHA Violations in 2017

OSHA recently released its 10 most frequently cited violations in 2017.

  1. Fall protection: 6,072 citations—Falls from ladders and roofs still account for the majority of injuries at work, and the first step in eliminating or reducing falls is to identify all hazards and decide how to best protect employees.
  2. Hazard communication: 4,176 citations—This standard governs hazard communication to employees about chemicals that are both produced or imported into the workplace. Most violations concern the failure to develop a written hazard training program or failure to provide a Safety Data Sheet for all workplace chemicals.
Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Why Truck Insurance Costs Keep Going Up

Getting a big increase in your insurance rates is incredibly frustrating - especially if you've been performing well. And although there are ways to mitigate this effect by choosing a performance-driven financing option or investing more into your safety culture, we set out to figure out exactly what is causing this increase in truck insurance rates.

This is what we found:

TRUCKS ARE GETTING IN MORE ACCIDENTS

In spite of the newest technologies and our best efforts, trucks are getting in 59% more accidents per mile than they were in 2010. Injuries from truck accidents are up 48% per mile driven, and fatalities are up 12%. 

Topics: Transportation

Compromising Truck Driver Hiring Standards

“We need drivers to fill our trucks.” 
 
“How are we going to continue to grow if we cannot find acceptable new drivers?” 
 
“What if we compromise our hiring standards for just one or two drivers to get us through the busy season?” 
 

These are thoughts that are on the minds of trucking company owners and executives. With the current driver shortage, it is very tempting to compromise on your companies driving standards (or even change them) in order to get warm bodies in the cabs and trucks on the road.  But what are the potential costs of this?

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

The Only Proven Way to Turnaround Your Safety Performance

It's difficult to get employees to change their behaviors.  We hear this from leaders all the time:

"My people just don't get it. We do trainings and have all these safety initiatives, but our people just don't change." 

It's hard. So we're going to share our secret on how we work with clients to make dramatic turnarounds in performance.

3 Requirements to Shift Culture

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Leadership / Strategy Manufacturing

How to Submit your OSHA Logs Electronically

The deadline to submit your OSHA 300A information electronically is December 31st, 2017. For the first time ever, OSHA will have its teeth into some very compelling data about your organization's safety program. 

Who does this impact?

Establishments with 250 or more employees and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses will be required to submit the information off of the company’s 300A forms.

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Why do good drivers quit?

When drivers leave your company it's usually not due to your competitor offering better pay, benefits, or home time - it's usually due to something much deeper than that.

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

Experienced drivers pose a serious risk

With an industry-wide turnover rate of 100%, we often attribute crashes to our road rookies. But, what about our drivers who have been with us for the long haul? You may think "He's been around for over 20 years - just leave him be and let him drive." You're wrong.

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

New FMCSA Investigative Techniques

The FMCSA recently announced that they are changing their process for performing compliance reviews. Specifically they referred to expanded interviews with members within the organization. Truth is - they have been doing this for a while, but recently completed all of the training and therefore made the announcement. Does this mean that compliance reviews have changed? 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

7 Trucking Trends for 2017

With roughly 3.5 million truck drivers collectively moving nearly 70% of all freight tonnage in the U.S. change is inevitable. 2017 brings a slew of trends that will shape the future of this essential industry. 

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

Pay & Respect – The Key to Retaining Drivers

Driver pay has a direct correlation with retaining your drivers and oftentimes employers believe that higher pay will keep their drivers around. With recent findings, thinking outside of the box may be your best bet for hanging tight to your most valued drivers.

On the flip side, it’s not all about the dollar bills. A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T goes a long way in terms of driver retention. How are you treating your drivers?

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy