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  • Centerline Introduction to Omnitracs

    by Anna Mischke | Nov 10, 2017

     
    How to use Omnitracs XRS app on Android phone
  • Safe Lifting with Centerline

    by Anna Mischke | Oct 17, 2017


  • New Methods to Spot Distracted Drivers

    by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
    04-03-17_buckettruckIn an effort to stop distracted driving, Canadian cops have become creative in their tactics. The police force has paired up with bucket trucks to catch drivers behind the wheel attempting to text, use their phone, or other everyday infractions such as not wearing a seatbelt. The effort is part of a campaign in Chilliwack called “Project Sweep”. Officers dress as construction workers, and take their vantage point in bucket trucks. Once a distracted driver is spotted using high-powered scopes, a uniformed officer on the ground is contacted to pull over the offender and issue a ticket.

    Distracted driving kills 81 people on average every year, and someone is five times more likely to crash if they are not paying attention to the road. In one afternoon, 77 tickets were handed out, 37 of the tickets were for people being on their cellphone or other electronic devices. The 12 officers on hand to write the tickets were not enough to keep up with the constant flow of vehicles targeted for infractions. The method used by Canadian police was summed up to be extremely successful in enforcement and awareness for distracted driving. Distracted driving can be prevented with more awareness to the public and traffic enforcement. 
  • Distracted Driving Awareness

    by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
    03-28-17_distracteddrivingDistracted driving is a problem for every age group. No matter if you’re on or off the job you should always try to focus on the road. These are the three categories of driving distractions: 

    • Visual (eyes off road) 
    • Manual (hands off wheel)
    • Cognitive (taking your mind off driving) 

    Examples of visual distractions would be staring at people, landmarks, or collisions that occurred. Actions such as eating, drinking, smoking, changing the radio, or reaching for an object inside the vehicle are primarily a manual distraction, but can be cognitive and visual as well. Cognitive distractions are thinking about difficult issues at home or other complex life issues.

    Some actions involve all three categories, and therefore are the distractions with the highest risk. This can include using a cell phone, texting, using a GPS device, and reading a map or other paperwork. While driving 55 MPH a vehicle will travel 80.6 feet per second. When you type a text message that requires five seconds of your time, you travelled 403 feet without an idea of what was going on around you.

    According to Distraction.gov, 3,179 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2014, and 431,000 people were injured. This is almost one out of every five crashes. We owe it to our friends, our families, and ourselves to eliminate distractions while driving and focus on returning home safe every day. 
  • So you think you Can Drive and Multitask?

    by Anna Mischke | May 17, 2017
    03-28-17_mythsThe National Safety Council has given 5 common myths about distracted driving, and their surprising realities:

    Myth #1: Drivers can multitask.

    Reality: The human brain cannot do two things at the same time, as it switches between two tasks reaction time is slowed. 

    Myth #2: Talking on a cell phone is the same as speaking to a passenger. 

    Reality: Backseat and passenger drivers actually can help the driver be more aware, but people on the other end of a phone cannot.

    Myth #3: Speaking on a cellphone using a hands-free device is safe while driving.

    Reality: Drivers on cellphones can miss seeing up to 50% of their environments, including pedestrians and red lights.

    Myth #4: I only use my phone at stop lights, so it’s safer. 

    Reality: Even at a stoplight you still need to be attentive. A recent AAA study shows that people are distracted up to 27 seconds after they finish sending a voice text. 

    Myth #5: Voice-to-text is safe to do while driving.

    Reality: Voice-to-text is still very distracting because you are visually distracted due to the common auto-correct errors. 
  • Working with No Fall Protection

    by User Not Found | Mar 24, 2017

    03.23.17_SafetyClimbing on and off trucks, trailers, and other equipment with no railing or other fall protection poses a significant risk to safety. While injuries do not occur often, the consequences can be severe. Please use the following steps when climbing on and off equipment with no fall protection: 

    • Use three points of contact. 
    • When climbing on a truck or trailer, turn the engine off, put the key in your pocket, and set the parking brake(s). 
    • Ensure that the climbing surface is stable, not in motion, and capable of supporting your weight. 
    • Confirm there are no hazards such as weather, debris, uneven/slippery surfaces, and traffic that could pose a threat to you. If you must climb on the equipment in these conditions, work cautiously, carefully, and ask for assistance whenever possible. 
    • Do not jump off of any equipment. 
    • Use proper ladders or steps if available; if not, reassess if it is safe to climb. 
    • Stay as far away from the edge(s) of the equipment as possible. 
    • Avoid carrying tarps and other heavy or difficult objects while working on trailers and surfaces above 4 ft. Instead place objects in position from the ground. 
       
  • Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls in Winter Conditions

    by User Not Found | Mar 03, 2017

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    As winter continues its run across much of the country, the extra caution in and out of the truck is needed. Slips, trips, and falls cause many nonfatal injuries every year among truck drivers. Remaining aware of the conditions and taking your time can make a big difference in remaining safe. Here are a few tips to prevent injuries this winter:
    As winter continues its run across much of the country, the extra caution in and out of the truck is needed. Slips, trips, and falls cause many nonfatal injuries every year among truck drivers. Remaining aware of the conditions and taking your time can make a big difference in remaining safe. Here are a few tips to prevent injuries this winter:

    • When entering or exiting the vehicles, use the vehicle for support.
    • When you see streets and sidewalks cleared of snow and ice, still use caution and lookout for “black ice”. Dew, fog, or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces and form an invisible thin layer of ice.
    • When walking on steps, always use the hand railings and plant your feet firmly on each step.
    • When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slow pace so you can react quickly to change in traction. Bend your knees slightly and walk slowly to increase traction and reduce risk of falling.
    • When entering a building, remove as much snow and water from your footwear as possible to prevent wet, slippery conditions indoors.
    • When exiting the vehicle, use 3 points of contact: two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot.
  • The Importance of Situational Awareness

    by User Not Found | Feb 10, 2017
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    At Centerline your safety behind the wheel is our #1 priority. Safety is not only associated with driving, but with all processes while on the job. What if you could predict an event is about to take place and be one step ahead as it happens? This is possible with regularly practicing situational awareness in your work environment. 

    Situational awareness simply means paying attention to your surroundings to increase your response time and safely handle unexpected events. Is there something that could fall on you? Is the wind going to cause the trailer doors to slam? Is there anything that is broken or needs repair? The key steps to situational awareness are to slow down, look around, then act.  

    Remember, speed is not always better, we want you home safe!
  • How well do you know the BASICs?

    by Charlotte Freed | Jan 19, 2017

    At Centerline, our goal is to ensure our drivers are the safest drivers on the road. That’s why we make sure you understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s(FMCSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS). 
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    The SMS organizes roadside inspection, crash, and investigation information into seven BASICs. Click the links below to review this important safety information: 
    Unsafe Driving
    Crash Indicator
    Hours-of-Service Compliance
    Vehicle Maintenance
    Controlled Substances/Alcohol
    Hazardous Materials Compliance
    Driver Fitness



  • Maintain Three Points of Contact

    by Charlotte Freed | Jan 06, 2017
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    Two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand are required to keep you safe when entering a vehicle or climbing onto a piece of equipment. For safety, you must always face toward the unit.

    Now that's the safe way to work!
  • Battling the Elements and Fatigue

    by Charlotte Freed | Nov 18, 2016
    11.18.16_FatigueWith the holidays quickly approaching, many drivers have family on their minds. Holiday plans can easily be delayed by the dangerous combination of winter driving conditions and fatigue. Centerline wants to remind you that making it home safe is more important than making it home quick.

    Winter Driving

    Slick roads, changing weather and road conditions, and less daylight hours are just some of the dangers of winter driving. When driving this winter remember to:

    1. Check weather reports and highway information before you leave - you can use your state's Department of Transportation website.
    2. Make a plan for when conditions deteriorate - keeping an emergency supply is a great place to start.
    3. Keep your headlights on at all times.
    4. Give yourself room to avoid sudden braking as this can lead to skidding on slick roads. If you're in a skid, always turn into the skid, depress the clutch fast, look at the left mirror only, and get back in front of the trailer.
    5. Make sure you're comfortable driving in the conditions you are facing - if not, pull over.


    Driver Fatigue


    Tight schedules and the fear of service failure have created a culture of "pushing through." In order to prevent accidents you must recognize the signs of fatigue and pull over. Be on the lookout for:

    1. Frequent yawning.
    2. Heavy eyes and blurred vision.
    3. Difficulty focusing or zoning out.
    4. Drifting to the shoulder or adjacent lanes. 

     



  • Preventing Back Injuries

    by Charlotte Freed | Oct 21, 2016

    What do the common cold and back injuries have in common? They both rank the highest among reasons Americans miss work. Unlike the common cold, back pain can linger longer, causing unnecessary discomfort and lifestyle changes. The most common cause of back injuries? Lifting incorrectly.

    Safety is our number one priority. Whether it is behind the wheel or unloading the truck, we want you to make it home safe, no matter the task. Below are some tips to keep you safe when lifting.

    • Stretch before you lift.

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    • Plan ahead. Know the weight of the object you are carrying, and know if you will need assistance from a handcart, forklift, or other piece of equipment.
    • Ask for help if necessary.
    • Use proper lifting techniques. Lift using your legs

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    • Carry the object in your "power zone." This is the area closest to your body. 

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  • Heat Awareness for Drivers

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    Excessive heat exposure causes thousands of deaths in the United States each year - more than the number of people who die from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. But, deaths like these are easy to prevent

    Warning Signs and Symptoms

    Heat Exhaustion
    • Heavy sweating
    • Weakness
    • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
    • Fast, weak pulse
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fainting
    What you should do:

    Move to a cooler location, lie down and loosen clothing, apply cool, wet cloths to skin, and sip water.

    Heat Stroke
    • Body temperature of 103 degrees F or above
    • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
    • Rapid and strong pulse
    • Unconsciousness 
    What you should do:

    Call 911 immediately, move the person to a cooler locations, apply cool, wet cloths to skin or put them in cool bath. Do NOT give fluids.

    How to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

    OSHA encourages workers to:
    • Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you're not thirsty
    • Rest in the shade to cool down
    • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
    • Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency
    • Keep an eye on fellow workers
  • Healthy Tips for Drivers

    by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

    Staying healthy on the road can be a challenge. However, with the right tools and planning, you can start on the road to a healthier lifestyle today. Exercising for at least 15 minutes at a high maximum heart rate has tremendous health benefits. Here are five exercises you can do to stay active while on the road:

    1. Jumping jacks - do 5 to 8 minutes to increase your heart rate
    2. Squats - strengthen your legs with 3 sets of 10
    3. Lunges - do 3 sets of 8 for stronger calves and thighs
    4. Push ups - do 3 sets of 8 for a simple arm and chest workout
    5. V-ups - work your abdominal muscles with 3 sets of 15.
    6. California Meal and Rest Periods for CDL Drivers

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      All Centerline drivers working in the state of California must comply with State Labor Laws. Please review the regulations below and contact Centerline Central Support at 888-213-7483 if you have any questions:

      10 minute rest break

      • Employees are entitled to a paid 10 minute rest break for every 4 hours worked
      • Break must be taken as close to the middle of the 4 hour period as practical
      • Drivers do not have to document the rest break on their timecard
      • Driver does not have to take the break for periods of work less than 3.5 hours
      • Rest breaks and meal breaks can not be combined

      30 minute rest break

      • A 30 minute unpaid meal break must be taken before the 5th hour of work unless the total hours worked for the day are less than 6
      • If you work 12 hours or more a second meal break must be taken around the 10th hour of work. The second meal break can be waived by mutual consent of employer and employee but only if the first meal break was taken
      • All unpaid meal breaks MUST be documented with a "time out" and "time in" on your daily trip sheet, logs or time card
      • CDL Interstate drivers are not exempt from state meal and rest break laws. Interstate drivers are still exempt from state overtime laws

    7. Simple Steps to Keep You Safe

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      Complete your pre-trip inspections BEFORE each assignment. Pre-trip inspection provides:

      • Confirmation that the vehicle is in safe operating condition
      • Review of the last vehicle inspection report
      • Notes any defects or deficiencies

      The pre-trip inspection methods include:

      • Vehicle overview
      • Engine compartment overview
      • Inside the cab review
      • Accident kit review
      • Headlights assessment
      • Walk-around inspection
      • Signal lights check
      • Air brake system check

      All deficiencies must be reported immediately to the customer. If there are no deficiencies found, sign the report and leave a copy for the customer


    8. One List We Don’t Want You to Make – The Injury Report

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

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      One of the most commonly utilized pieces of equipment in shipping and warehousing is pallet jacks. This incredibly handy tool helps make work easier; turning a two-person job into one, lifting heavy loads at once – but there are risks if you don’t use them properly. The most common injury? To your feet and back.

      What can you do to protect yourself?

      Wear the proper footwear and watch your toes! If your feet aren’t positioned well or you are unable to stop a heavy load, your feet become a target. When operating a pallet jack (even for a short time span) you should ensure you are wearing the correct safety equipment including steel capped boots, gloves and safety eyewear (when transporting dangerous chemicals).

      To protect your back, make sure you are square to the load and use both hands on the pallet jack handle. If it requires a lot of force, more often than not, stop and look under the wheels, there is probably a piece of a pallet or a nail or other object under the wheels. Your back is worth far more than a piece of wood.
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      Other safety precautions you need to keep in mind when operating a pallet jack:

      • Never place your feet under a machine
      • Never exceed the advised capacity.
      • Use proper lifting techniques when loading/unloading and operating the pallet jack
      • Move the load slowly to ensure safety in case your surroundings change
      • You should always push the load (never pull the load)
      • When going down on an incline go in reverse
      • Be wary of pinch points to avoid injuries to your hands

      Read more about pallet jack safety, training and best practices.

    9. When in Doubt: G.O.A.L. - Get Out and Look!

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      A costly and dangerous mistake that truckers sometimes make is backing up without first getting out and looking behind the vehicle. These are preventable backing accidents if the drivers takes a few minutes to review the situation. The best way to avoid accidents is to get out and survey the situation prior to beginning any backing maneuver.

      There are really only two ways to avoid these backing accidents:

      1. Get out and look for yourself (best option)
      2. Have someone help you out (less reliable)

      There are several types of backing that are required as part of your daily deliveries with some more dangerous than others. The CDL tests for each state test on various backing types including:

      1. Backing straight back
      2. Offset Backing
      3. Alley Dock Backing
      4. Parallel Parking Backing

      You can review these backing techniques using YouTube videos.

    10. Lifting Without Overexertion

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      Overexertion, often caused by lifting, pushing and pulling, is the leading cause of disabling injuries since 2012. According to Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety’s 2014 Workplace Safety Index, overexertion ranked number 1 on the top 10 leading causes of workplace injuries, accounting for just over 25% of all injuries. An overexertion injury is a strain or sprain to your back or a major joint. The most common result of overexertion is back injuries, especially in the trucking industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

      • Every year more than 1 million workers experience back injuries.
      • One of the most common reasons people miss work is because of low back pain.
      • In America, more than $100 billion is spent annually on medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work due to back injuries and illnesses.
      • 75% of back injuries occur while performing a lifting task.

      It is extremely important to take your time, assess the situation, and use proper lifting equipment when necessary. Back injuries can be debilitating and affect both your work and home life. Don’t become one of these statistics, lift smart. Below are some do’s and don’ts when lifting.

      Do's

      • Know the object’s weight before lifting
      • Use ergonomic lift assists
      • Determine and clear your path
      • Ask for help with a heavy load
      • Use your legs
      • Push the load, don’t pull
      • Keep the object as close to you as possible

      Don'ts

      • Don’t hold your breath
      • Don’t bend or twist at the waist
      • Don’t lift or jerk the load quickly
      • Don’t try to “muscle” the load
      • Don’t use a partial grip


      Watch this video for more information on proper lifting techniques.

    11. A Truck Driver's Winter Survival Kit

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      As October has come to an end and cold weather approaches, it’s time to ensure that any truck you drive is stocked with the essentials. As a professional driver, you must encounter many winter weather conditions to get your job done. Below is a list of items, recommended by other truck drivers, to have available in your company truck as the winter months roll in. Click to enlarge.

      Truck Driver Winter Survival Kit

      As you set out on assignment bring the personal items with you and make sure the essentials are kept in the truck at all times. Stay warm and stay safe!

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