Act Fast After a Cut
Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be able to treat the injury yourself, or a visit to the emergency department may be needed. The following are first aid tips from the Mayo Clinic regarding treatment of cuts and scrapes:
- Stop the bleeding.Apply continuous, gentle pressure to a cut or scrape with a clean cloth or bandage for 20 to 30 minutes. Refrain from checking to see if the bleeding has stopped, as this may damage the clot that is forming. If blood continues flowing from the cut, seek medical help.
- Clean the wound.Rinse it out with water, but avoid using soap, which may cause irritation. Thorough cleaning reduces the risk of infection and tetanus.
- Apply an antibiotic.After cleaning the wound, apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream to help keep the surface moist.
- Cover it up.Bandages can help keep the wound stay clean and keep bacteria out.
- Change the bandage regularly.Change the dressing every day or if it becomes wet or dirty.
- Get stitches if needed.If your cut is more than ¼ inch (6 mm) deep and is gaping or jagged, you likely need stitches. See a doctor immediately – proper closure within a few hours helps reduce the risk of infection.
- Watch for signs of infection.Visit a doctor if you notice signs such as redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling.
- Get a tetanus shot.Doctors recommend a tetanus shot every 10 years. Deep cuts may prompt your doctor to recommend a tetanus shot booster.
THE MERITS OF ONE LANE TRUCKING
“Stay in your lane.” Translation: It’s normally in your best interest to maintain a single lane of travel until you come to a stop. What could force you to leave your lane? Reasons under your control may be the fact you are traveling too fast for conditions or lose control due to slick roads, loss of vision, cargo shifts, wind, tire failure or mechanic failure. Or maybe you are fatigued.
Other reasons for leaving your lane may not be under your control — for example, the driver of a car intentionally cutting you off or being negligently out of control, or an animal hitting your truck. Whatever the situation, you are in a better position and will likely do less harm to yourself and others and create less property damage if you maintain a single lane of travel during any incident. There may be exceptions, but the general rule is this: You are required to always have your vehicle under control.
Avoid Being Boxed In
Guard your safety by actively creating space around your vehicle, never allowing yourself to get "boxed in." Adequate space creates time to make decisions and helps you avoid collisions. Maintain at LEAST seven seconds of following distance, more if you can. You should be able to see a minimum of 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle. Check your mirrors every 5-8 seconds to maintain 360 degrees of awareness.
Adjust your position in traffic as necessary to avoid driving in others' blind areas.
Don't allow yourself to be tailgated—adjust your speed or change lanes to encourage tailgaters to pass you.
The new quarter started on 7/1/16. You have until 9/30/16 to complete this task.
Super Service utilizes an online training program to meet required on-going training regulations, reduce incidents, accidents, and create a safer working environment. Also it is part of the quarterly bonus program.
Training and testing can be completed using any Smart Phone, Tablet or Computer with Internet connection.
The website for online training is http://superservicellc.infinit-i.net. Once the website loads, click the “Training Center” link.
You can logon using your Driver Code and a password provided by your DM. Then click “Classroom”.
Everyone should take the time to complete the online training each quarter. If you haven’t gone to the online training before you may have some catching up to do. Each training module takes an average of 5-7 minutes to complete.
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