According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large animal-vehicle collisions result in an average of 187 fatalities per year.
Dawn and dusk are the times most likely to encounter deer along the road. The Oct. through Jan. breeding season is when deer-vehicle collisions are at their peak.
Deer are most frequently found on the outskirts of town and near heavily wooded areas. If you see one deer, there are likely more nearby.
If you see a deer SLOW DOWN. Slower speed gives more time to brake if an animal darts into your path.
Always wear a seat belt. Severe injuries in deer-vehicle collisions usually result from failure to use a seat belt.
Watch for the shine of eyes along the roadside and immediately begin to slow.
Use your high beams whenever possible. This will increase your visibility and give you more time to react.
Deer get mesmerized by steady lights so if you see one on the road, slow down, flash your lights and blast the horn to scare them off the road.
Watch for caution signs, indicating high traffic areas for deer or other animals.
Never swerve to avoid a deer. Swerving confuse the deer. Swerving can cause collisions with vehicles in other lanes, take you off the roadway into a tree or a ditch, and increases risk of serious injuries.
Deer are unpredictable creatures. If one does move into your path, maintain control and do your best to brake and give the deer time to get out of your way.
If you do collide with a deer (or large animal), call emergency services if injuries are involved, send a Macro 60 and call Safety.
AVOID GETTING HURT ON THE JOB
Slips, Trips, and Falls are the number one cause of injury on the job. The injuries caused by Slips, Trips, and Falls are also the most severe and costly.
Injuries caused by cranking trailer landing gear, pulling fifth wheel pins, and lifting freight can also be costly and very painful for the driver.
Please adhere to the following tips to avoid getting hurt on the job:
Always use three limbs (also known as the three point stance) when getting in or out of your truck or trailer. Exit with your body facing the vehicle. NEVER JUMP from the vehicle.
Keep both hands free. Put anything you’re carrying in first before you climb in.
Be especially careful in your footing around your vehicle and wherever you walk in bad weather or around a fuel island.
Wear proper footwear (closed toe with non-skid soles). Avoid wearing worn out shoes. Never wear sandals.
Always bend at the knees – not at the waist when lifting freight or cranking your trailer landing legs. Do not spin the crank handle. Keep your face clear of the handle.
Bend at the knees and brace yourself with your free hand when pulling the fifth wheel pin or tandem slider pin. Use a fifth wheel puller.
Contact safety immediately after a work injury so we can get you proper medical attention.
Staying Safe When Walking:
Stay alert. Don’t get so lost in conversation or deep thought you don’t notice any traffic hazards around you.
Use all of your senses – including your ears. If you are wearing headphones, keep the volume low so you can hear the traffic and other things around you.
Never assume the vehicle drivers will see you and never assume they will stop. Cross only at designated crossings.
Don’t put blind faith into traffic control devices. A “walk” sign only means you may proceed – IF it is safe to do so.
Wear bright clothing, preferably reflective.
At night, carry a flashlight.
There are laws, both federal and state, designed to spell out responsibilities for safety in the workplace, but actual performance of these obligations still belongs to you.
By accepting and practicing safety responsibility, you insure your future both at home and on-the-job.
If you see an unsafe act, do something about it - point it out so others are aware and can avoid future mistakes.
Point out to other employees when safety isn't being practiced. (IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE SOMEDAY!) After all, it's their responsibility to prevent an accident to you as well.
Use good work habits don’t be impulsive, and remember “hurry up” can hurt!
Develop the attitude "If I do something wrong, I'm going to get hurt!" Then do the job the right way.
Practice leaving personal problems and emotional stress away from the job.
Remember accidents don't happen - they are caused.
Correct little mistakes before they grow into permanent bad habits.
While attempts may be made to cloud or reject the responsibility for safety, when all is said and done, safety responsibility is up to you.
Practice safety- don’t learn it through Accidental Experience.
Spotlight on CSA - Unsafe Driving BASIC
The FMCSA says the Unsafe Driving BASIC refers to the operation of commercial motor vehicles by drivers in a dangerous or careless manner. Violations include speeding, following too close, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control device, using a hand held mobile device and no or improper seatbelt use.
All violations found during a roadside inspection – warnings or citations count against CSA. No one wants to be labeled as an unsafe driver. Have you ever stopped to think about these violations as being dangerous or careless? When you start your driving shift do you intend to be dangerous or careless?
Whether you agree or not, research has proven the behaviors identified in the Unsafe Driving BASIC lead to crashes. Make a commitment today to obey all posted road signs including speed limits, lane restrictions, stop signs, etc. Avoid excessive lane changes, maintain a safe following distance, wear your seatbelt and avoid distractions while driving.
Holiday Season Approaches
November is the time of year we traditionally begin to decorate and prepare for the holiday season. One thing not to overlook is it coincides with the beginning of the winter weather season as well. Be sure to replenish your winter weather supplies for snow, rain, ice and wind. Storms this time of year can have all these elements within a single weather event. Plan your trips and have good communication with your Driver Manager should issues arise.
Do good pre-trips, in-route, and post-trip inspections every day.
Watch for extra traffic especially around malls.
Keep the holidays a joyful time of the year, when driving, maintain focus on the task at hand.
The November 2015 edition of the Super Service Newletter is now available!Read More
American Diabetes Awareness Month
As the American Diabetes Association® celebrates its 75th anniversary, they want to share a timeless message—eating well is
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»Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. today—nearly 10 percent of the population.
»Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
»Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®.
»Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
»African Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
»Diabetes nearly doubles the risk for heart attack and for death from heart disease.
»Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
»Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age adults.
»The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
»Roughly 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage which could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
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What to Do When Pulled Over For a Roadside Inspection
If pulled over in traffic, pull off to the right only. Look for a safe place to pull over; well lit and out of heavy traffic.
Do not get out of the vehicle unless the officer requests it.
Convey a receptive attitude: anger, hostility and sarcasm never help.
Remember the two R’s, respect and respond.
Log the entire time you are on the shoulder or being inspected as ON DUTY (this includes DOT Inspection; waiting for repairs or tow).
After the inspection, notify your DM. If any mechanical defects, notify the maintenance dept. using a Macro 14, and work with them in getting the items repaired.
TransFlo all documents (use a cover sheet). Remember violation free inspections properly logged earn you an extra $50!
How to Report an Incident or Crash
While you are at the scene report via a Macro 60 filled out completely. Also call in to a member of the Safety Department while at the scene. If repairs are needed send a Macro 14 to Breakdown and work with them to get needed repairs met.
After any accident, regardless of the severity of the damage, you must exchange information with any other involved drivers, witnesses, passengers, property owners or any other involved party. When possible collect this information before the police arrive.
Always be certain to gather and record the following information:
*the other driver's or property contact’s full name
*contact information (telephone number / address)
*driver’s license number
*vehicle insurance policy number
*the full name and contact information of the owner of the other vehicle or property if it is different
*the other vehicle’s license plate numbers – take pictures of each plate
*the vehicle information (year/make/model/color/VIN) of the other car
*the DOT # and company name if applicable
*take pictures of damage and the scene around. Back up to get the big picture
Your safety and the safety of others is of upmost importance. Before doing anything, secure the scene, check to see if anyone is injured and dial 911.