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Donald Jerrell

Recent Posts by Donald Jerrell:

What Motor Carriers Need to Know About the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President 

After May 21, interstate truck drivers only will be able to get official DOT physicals from medical professionals on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Topics: Transportation

Negligent Driver Hiring Can Bite You in the Butt

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks.  No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.  But while companies to some extent are at the mercy of supply and demand, carriers have to keep the potential for negligent hiring lawsuits top of mind.

Topics: Transportation

How the Best Drivers Respond at the Scene of an Accident

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President

We’ve found that most transportation companies offer little to no training for drivers on what to do after an accident occurs. Training typically focuses on preventing accidents (which is clearly important). But stopping there leaves out a critical component.

Topics: Transportation

Drug Testing Requirements for Professional Drivers

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President

Drug testing is an issue for many employers, but the issue is a special concern for transportation firms and other organizations that employ professional drivers. If you’re the employer of commercial drivers with CDLs, those drivers need to be in a drug and alcohol program regulated by FMCSA. If your drivers are not CDL commercial drivers, then those drivers should not be in an FMCSA-regulated program.

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA Extends Deadline for CDLIS Information, Medical Card Requirements

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President

So you thought you were going to have to run Commercial Driver's License Information System motor vehicle records by Jan. 30 on all your drivers? Or maybe you didn’t even know that chore was on the table? (Don't feel bad; you're not the only one!)

Topics: Transportation

The Ins and Outs of Fitness for Duty Exams

There's a simple way for employers to avoid work comp claims: Don't put the wrong worker to work. (Simple, but not easy, right?) The wrong worker is anyone who is physically unready or unable to perform essential job functions. Fitness for duty exams can help you ID the wrong worker. These exams can protect this individual from injury and you from your next work comp claim.

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Proposed Changes Would Allow Updates to FMCSA Violation Data

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

FMCSA proposed changes to how adjudicated state citations are treated in its Motor Carrier Management Information System. The changes were inspired by concerns from the transportation industry.

Topics: Transportation

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is BEFORE you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow. 

Topics: Transportation

BREAKING NEWS: All Short-Haul Drivers Exempt from 30-Minute Break [Hours of Service]

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

FMCSA announced today that all short haul operations are exempt from the mandatory 30-minute break that's required under the Hours of Service regulations.

Topics: Transportation

Hours of Service Ruling Causes Confusion Over Short-Haul Definition

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President 

Edited August 7, 2013, to add: FMCSA announced August 7, 2013, that all short-haul operations are exempt from the 30-minute break. Read about the clarification in this blog post.

Topics: Transportation