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  • FMCSA Grants $1 Million to Assist Veterans

    by Charlotte Freed | Oct 21, 2016
    10.21.16_FMCSAVets.jpgThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides a number of grant funding opportunities throughout the country. The Commercial Vehicle Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program just recently announced it would be awarding $1 million in grants to seven technical and community colleges across the country.

    A main objective of the CMV-OST is to "assist current or former members of the United States Armed Forces...and their spouses to receive training to transition to the CMV operation industry." The newly awarded grants will be aimed at helping to train veterans and their families for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

    The grants are projected to provide training to more than 250 students at the following technical and community colleges:
    • Joliet Junior College - Joliet, IL
    • Hawkeye Community College - Waterloo, IA
    • Johnson County Community College - Overland Park, KS
    • Central Technical Center - Drumright, OK
    • Rogue Community College District - Grant pass, OR
    • The Sage Corporation - Camp Hill, PA
    • Tidewater Community College - Norfolk, NA

    FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx believe that with the help of programs like this, veterans will be prepared to be some of the safest commercial drivers on the road

    This is another step by the FMCSA to recognize the unique skills and training obtained by members of the armed forces. This includes a pilot program that will allow a limited number of individuals under 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. 

  • 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


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

    Power Zone

  • Reminder: This Week is CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Week

    by Charlotte Freed | Oct 18, 2016
    10.18.16_SafeDriverWeekSpeeding, distracted driving, and traveling too close to other vehicles are all hazards that commercial-vehicle drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers deal with on a daily basis. In order to keep these hazards top of mind throughout the year, the Commercial vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), are continuing their Operation Safe Driver Week, and aim to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections, and driver regulatory compliance. 

    What does this mean for you?
    1. Be on the lookout for heightened traffic safety enforcement. Last year, over 20,000 vehicles were pulled over. 
    2. Be on the lookout for education programs in your area to learn how to combat these hazards. Head to the CVSA's website to find programs in your area.
    3. Make sure you are not engaging in distracted driving or speeding. 
    4. Make sure you are wearing your seatbelt and are obeying traffic control devices.

    At Centerline, your safety is our number one concern. Always stay alert behind the wheel to ensure you don't endanger yourself or others around you. For more safety tips, visit our website to view our Driver Safety Tips

  • Automated Tolling Hopes to Save Drivers Time

    by Charlotte Freed | Oct 14, 2016
    10 13 16_NYTollsThis past week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York would be joining a handful of other states by implementing cashless tolling in the New York City area. The $500 million transportation improvement plan intends to reduce both congestion and collisions. 

    The new tolling system will be placed on all seven bridges and two tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The automated tolling system will use sensors and cameras suspended overhead on structures known as gantries. Drivers with and without an E-ZPass will no longer have to stop and pay at tolls. Instead, vehicles with E-ZPass will be tracked and billed, and vehicles without E-ZPass will be mailed a billed based on the address registered to the license plate recorded.

    The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) has released comments supporting the plan, stating that installing automated tolling will help "...reduce congestions and potentially reduce accidents." On average, drivers in New York spend more than 6,400 hours per day waiting to pay tolls. The implementation of this new system is expected to save each driver an average of 21 hours of drive time each year, and conserve around 1 million gallons of fuel. 

    Current states with cashless tolls include California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. New York plans to join this list by January of 2017 when the first cashless systems are installed on both the Queens-Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnels. The seven bridges will follow, with all tolls being automated by the end of 2017. To see a full list of each toll road that is now cashless in any of the above states, head to Plate Pass's website. 
  • ELD Mandate is a Top Concern for the Trucking Industry

    by Charlotte Freed | Oct 07, 2016

    ELD MandateEarlier this week at the American Trucking Associations 2016 Management Conference and Exhibition, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) revealed its Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry report of 2016. Topping the list this year was the fast approaching ELD mandate deadline.

    The ATRI report is created annually by a survey of motor carriers and commercial drivers, and typically generates over 3,200 responses. The report ranks the issues that are of top concern in the industry and prioritizes strategies to address each of these issues.

    The majority of concerns surrounding the looming ELD mandate are based around productivity impacts. The concerns expressed by those surveyed resulted in the following prioritization of the proposed strategies:

    1. Produce more research that quantifies real-world industry impacts from the full deployment of ELDs. This solution ranked the highest as there are conflicting reports about the costs and benefits of ELD deployment in the trucking industry.
    2. Set and access the landscape of appropriate and inappropriate uses of ELD data. A major concern of truck drivers is the scope of what ELDs are capable of tracking. The belief is that some information can infringe on driver privacy, and can even lead to driver harassment.
    3. Ensure the 2 year implementation window is not extended. Some are nervous that an extension of this window would allow companies to put off the implementation of the ELDs, giving them a competitive advantage, as they will be able to use paper logs longer.

    By surveying the industry, organizations like the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and its partners are able to focus on what issues matter most to drivers and companies. Based on the results, these organizations can create a roadmap to promote the industry’s success, and the ELD mandate is the first stop.

    To learn more about major concerns in the industry and proposed strategies to address the issues, download a copy of the ATRI’s full report

  • Should the FMCSA Implement the under-21 Driver Pilot Program?

    by Charlotte Freed | Sep 30, 2016

    Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a three year pilot program that would not only help with the driver shortage, but would help employ veterans as well. Mixed reviews of the program have surfaced now that trucking organizations have had a chance to review what has been proposed. The trucking organizations’ major concerns are safety and practicality.

    The proposed pilot program would allow military-trained drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to drive in interstate commerce. Currently, only CDL drivers over 21 are allowed to participate in interstate trucking. Overall, trucking organizations such as the American Trucking Associations, Truckload Carriers Association, and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association support the implementation of this program. They believe that the program not only opens a door to a new driver population, but that it could help with the current driver shortage.

    The program requires drivers to be sponsored by a participating carrier. Carriers then have to ensure that for every driver under 21 they hire, they have a driver over the age of 21 with equal training and experience in order to fill a control group for comparison. Trucking companies participating in the program must also install ELDs to track mileage and analyze driving safety records.

    Even with support by well-known organizations, questions of safety and practicality still surround the program. One major safety concern is the experience of these drivers. Groups such as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the National Safety Council cite research showing higher crash rates among 18-20 year-old truckers when compared to those ages 21 and older. Organizations that support the program question its practicality by noting there may not be enough 18-20 year old military-trained drivers to participate in the program, or to provide relief to the driver shortage.

    The comment period has now been closed and the FMCSA will weigh all opinions to decide if the program should be implemented. Read the entire document and the comments made by organizations and individuals on the Federal Register, The Daily Journal of the United States Government.

  • Keeping Diabetic Drivers Safely Behind the Wheel

    by Charlotte Freed | Sep 23, 2016

    09-23-16-imageIn the middle of a driver shortage, any regulation that can keep drivers on the road is a huge deal. Recently, the Medical Review Board (MRB) for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published its recommendations on how CDL Drivers with Insulin-Treated Diabetes Mellitus (ITDM) can remain behind the wheel. 

    The MRB reviewed and analyzed 1,250 public comments leading to recommendations that would create a new rule for drivers with ITDM. The new rule would require drivers with this condition to be certified as medically fit to drive at least once per year compared to once every 24 months for drivers without ITDM.  

    Other major recommendations of the MRB report include the following: 

    • Each driver with ITDM must have the treating clinician who provided the insulin, and is knowledgeable on the treatment of diabetes, fill out a FMCSA Drivers with Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus Assessment Form. 

    • The driver must receive a complete ophthalmology or optometry exam. This would include a dilated retinal exam to document the presence or absence of retinopathy/macular edema, and the degree of the condition if it is present.  

    The recommendations also state why drivers could be disqualified from their position behind the wheel. Some of the reasons include severe hypoglycemia within the last 6 months, stage 3 or 4 diabetic retinopathy, and signs of target organ damage.  Should the driver be disqualified, he or she would not be able to recertify for at least 6 months. 

    The idea behind these recommendations is to ensure that drivers with ITDM will manage their condition so that it is stable and under control so they can remain behind the wheelThe goal is to keep drivers on the road while keeping the road safe for everyone. The MRB has opened the recommendations to the public for comment. Make yours here by November 8, 2016.  

  • Overweight Roads: How Arizona Plans to Lower Transportation Costs

    by Charlotte Freed | Sep 16, 2016
    09 15 16_Arizona_Overweight_Program_with_logo

    Do overweight or heavyweight corridors increase the competitiveness of commerce in one state over another? Arizona is determined to find the answer to that question, and thanks to their Heavier Truck Pilot Program, they will have the answer by the end of 2017.

    The yearlong program created by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will allow trucks to increase their load capacity from 80,000 pounds to 83,000 pounds without any additional safety equipment. All that is required is a permit.

    Arizona will join 20 other states that currently have “overweight corridors.” Overweight containers will only be allowed on what ADOT Director John Halikowski has dubbed, “Key Commerce Corridors.” More specifically, he is referring to I-10 between miles 232 and 279, and I-19 between Tucson and Nogales.

    Currently, freight containers that pass through the dry seaport of Tucson are allowed to weigh a maximum of 53,000 pounds when traveling by rail. Once placed on the 30,000 pound truck rigs that haul them, they become overweight. This requires truck loads to be broken up into two or three hauls, increasing the overall cost of transport. The new program will allow ocean containers to travel uninterrupted between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, Mexico, Tucson, and then off to the rest of the country.

    The goal behind this program is to reduce the logistic costs while increasing the competitiveness of Arizona commerce. But at what cost? Will the heavier loads create too much wear and tear on the state highways? What about the safety of noncommercial drivers? Will the increased weight create safety problems?

    The state of Arizona will have to determine the answers to these questions as data is collected throughout the year.

  • TomTom Introduces Hassle Free, Truck Specific GPS Navigation

    by User Not Found | Sep 09, 2016

    09 08 16_GPS NavigationTomTom plans to launch the TRUCKER 600 – a GPS navigation system designed specifically for truck drivers in North America – later this month.

    TomTom Inc. President, Jocelyn Vigreux, has announced that the company is “excited to be able to deliver a GPS designed specifically for truckers, giving them all the relevant truck specific information…they need to complete their routes in a timely and hassle free manner.”

    The TRUCKER 600 will create timely and hassle free navigation through its truck-safe routing system. The system will take bridge height, road restrictions, relevant truck routes, and real time traffic into account, and enables drivers to enter their truck’s height, weight, type, and cargo to help establish the perfect route.

    One of TRUCKER 600’s greatest features is its ability to be programmed via the MyDrive web app. This app and the device’s Bluetooth capability let drivers use smartphones, tablets, and PCs to configure routes from almost anywhere, allowing them to be programmed, ready, and waiting as soon as they climb into the cab.

    Another benefit the navigation system boasts is free updates for the lifetime of the device. These updates will ensure that drivers will always have up to date truck maps, enabling them to complete their routes in a timely and hassle free manner.

    Look out for the launch of this device on later this month.

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Lawrence Carey

    by User Not Found | Sep 09, 2016

    Centerline Driver Lawrence CareyThis quarter Coastal Pacific Food Distributors (CPFD) would like to announce and congratulate Lawrence Carey as the winner of the Coastal Award. With over 16 years of hard work, dedication to the company, and reliability, Lawrence was an easy choice for this quarter’s winner.

    Lawrence has been in the trucking industry for 20 years, and first started out as a tanker driver. He was an employee for Coastal prior to the partnership with Centerline Drivers, and has maintained his loyalty to CPFD through the transition but has become as much of the Centerline family as he is the CPFD now. What made him appreciate both companies is the work they do for Veterans, and how their customers treat and respect Veterans in the same way.

    At first Lawrence wasn’t sure if he would make it as a truck driver; he trained, tested, and drove the tanker trucks for over 4 months and wasn't as thrilled with the new career as he thought he'd be. However, Lawrence stuck with it and quickly moved on to other endorsement driving, and has been able to grow steadily in his career. With so much experience in the field he feels confident knowing there is always a need for drivers, there will always be consistent work, and he will always know what is expected of him as an employee and truck driver. What he likes most about driving for Centerline and CPFD is the consistent, early-morning shifts available; he always knows his schedule plenty of time ahead so he can plan quality time with his wife.

    Lawrence and his wife Regina will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in September 2016. While they have known each other since 3rd grade and went through school together, it wasn’t until 30 years later they were able to reconnect and fall in love – all stemming from a class reunion Lawrence finally was convinced to attend! Today they spend their time together visiting touristy areas as well as hidden gems in the Santa Barbara area, having movie date nights, and trying out new restaurants every month.

    When asked what he would tell new drivers, Lawrence stresses the importance of slowing down and paying attention at all times. “Take the time to perform your safety checks prior to hitting the road, and always check your hauls for accuracy before leaving a yard or stop.” Lawrence advises. He also believes being well rested is key in order to perform your best each and every day.

    Congratulations to Lawrence for work well done, and best wishes for many more years with Coastal Pacific Food Distributors and Centerline!

  • 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

      The Injury Report

      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.
      Pallet Jack

      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.


      • 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’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!

    12. Stay Safe on the Busiest Travel Day of the Year

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      As a seasoned driver, it is no secret that this coming weekend we are in for some crowded roads. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday of the year. This year, AAA and IHS have projected an increase of 300,000 travelers this Thanksgiving weekend. This puts the grand total at 46.9 million travelers, 89.3% of which will travel by car. With the increased congestion of the roads, truckers need to take extra precautions to maintain safety. Here are a few things to remember this holiday weekend.

      • Check the Traffic. Before beginning to drive, check the routes and evaluate the traffic conditions. Several apps like, Apple's Maps or Google Maps, will indicate the traffic by different colors. By checking ahead you can choose a route that, may not be typical, but will save you time in the end.
      • Stopping Distance. Leaving adequate stopping distance is stressed over and over again in the trucking industry, and for a good reason. At 65 mph it takes a semi-truck 525 feet to completely stop. If you add in some rain or snow, that distance increases.
      • Defensive Driving. With the surge of motorists on the road, you are bound to come across individuals who are zipping in and out of traffic. Be sure to be aware of your blind spots and be extra vigilant and patient. Don’t let others catch you off guard.
      • Emergency Kit. Check your emergency kit before leaving for your daily route. It is important to carry some essentials such as, a blanket, jumper cables, and flares. Check out more items to carry here.

    13. Look to the Past for a Safer New Year

      by User Not Found | Sep 07, 2016

      Truck SafetyIt’s easy to see the past, so how can you use this knowledge to make 2016 safer? When we reflected back on 2015, we found that the top 4 hazards consisted of taking an unsafe position, inattention to surroundings, improper use of tools, and driving errors on public roads. Below are Centerline's top safety tips addressing these 4 hazards in trucking. Your safety is our number one priority so let's kick the year off right!

      #1 hazard – Taking an unsafe position or posture

      1. Avoid awkward postures
        • Move items close to your body and use your legs when lifting an item from a low location.
        • Avoid twisting, especially when bending forward while lifting. Turn by moving the feet rather than twisting the torso.
      2. Cold temperatures can cause decreased muscle flexibility, which can result in muscle pull.
        • Wear warm clothing when exposed to cold temperatures.
        • Stretch and warm up before unloading your truck.
      3. Pulling Vs. Pushing
        • Pushing is generally preferable to pulling. Pushing allows the driver to use large muscle groups and apply more force to the load. Pulling carries a greater risk of strain and injury.

      #2 hazard – Inattention to footings and surroundings

      1. Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls
        • One of the most common hazard groups is slips, trips, and falls. When you carry and move materials on different levels, and on different types of floor surfaces, it's all too easy to lose your balance or stumble over an out-of-place item.
        • Put items in their assigned places immediately, rather than moving them from one stopping point to another.
        • Clean up all spills immediately.
      2. Loading Dock Safety
        • Check dock plate load capacity before piling up materials or starting to unload. Slide the dock plate into place, rather than dropping it.
        • Don't jump off the loading dock.
        • Protect yourself and others by making sure that trucks or trailers can't move once parked at the dock. Check that the wheels are blocked or chocked.
        • Pay attention to weather conditions on the loading dock. To prevent slips and falls, keep the area dry and don't let ice form on it.

      #3 hazard – Improper use of tools/Lack of use of personal protective equipment

      1. Packing and Unpacking
        • Any cutting tool demands caution. Hold and use it in a manner that won't cut yourself or someone else. Don't leave an open blade on the floor or any surface where it creates a hazard.
        • Take care with metal and plastic strapping, too. If it whacks you in the face or eyes—or anywhere else, for that matter—you could be hurt. Always wear heavy gloves and goggles when you attach or remove strapping. Use cutting tools that don't leave sharp edges.
      2. Personal Protective Equipment
        • A lot can happen overhead, either in the warehouse/distribution center or in the back of a trailer, so hard hats or bump caps can be very important forms of protection.
        • Protecting your feet is important, too. OSHA requires protective footwear "where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole...." Your shoes should also have nonskid soles to prevent slips when you work on loading docks.
        • Some environments may require other forms of PPE. For instance, you need gloves to protect your hands when you're handling materials that are rough or sharp or have splinters. Some tasks may also require safety glasses. You'll also need gloves and safety glasses—and perhaps protective clothing—if you handle chemicals. In high-noise areas, you also may need hearing protection.

      #4 hazard – Driving errors on public roadways

      1. Night Driving
        • Take extra caution when driving at night. Too often, drivers leave a truck stop at night and misjudge the exit, resulting in sliding into a ditch or hitting a trailer or post. Be extra alert and move slowly at night.
      2. Changing lanes and taking it slow
        • The best thing to do while driving long stretches of highway is to pick the best lane and stay in it. Avoid making unnecessary lane changing and when exiting its best to stay in the 2nd lane from the right. This helps you avoid merging lanes and cars who dart all over.
        • Take corners and ramps slow. It does not matter if you hold up a little bit of traffic, it is important to be safe and remember that you are driving something much larger than a little car that zips around corners.
      3. Utilizing GPS to the fullest
        • Using a truckers GPS is well worth the money. It provides valuable proactive information for the truck driver such as, distance before an exit, when to change lanes, traffic reports, etc. These early prompts help alleviate stress when driving in an unknown area.

      We look forward to a safe new year!