June is National Safety Month and it’s a great time to reflect on Centerline’s Safety Program and how we can keep our drivers safe.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data, in 2016, large trucks and buses accounted for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States - an increase of 5 percent from the previous year.
“Fatigue constitutes 20% of on road fatalities," said Jim Ledbetter, Centerline Safety and Operations Manager.
But driving isn’t the only area that injuries can happen. Happily, the number of injury claims by our drivers is trending lower than last year, but so far we’ve seen injuries from falls, overexertion, forklift errors, equipment malfunction or misuse … even a rogue spring in a driver’s seat.
Centerline's perfect DOT record reflects it's culture of safety. As National Safety Month comes to a close, Centerline recognizes the impact that safety has, not only for our drivers, but for the communities we serve.
"It's not just a month - safety is 24/7, 365," Ledbetter said. Since joining Centerline in 2018, he's worked to put new standards and practices in place to support drivers on the road.
"To make sure our drivers stay safe, we need to make sure that everyone is accountable for pre- and post-trip inspection processes," Ledbetter continued. "Use GOAL, understand your surroundings at all times and use a spotter whenever applicable."
Ledbetter feels that driver health plays directly into both driver and roadway safety. In fact, health is a priority that Centerline also stresses as part of our holistic view of safety.
"Never allow fatigue to supersede an expected delivery window. Always be cognizant of your eating, sleeping, and extra-curricular activities while away from work. Quality of life at home and its demanding schedule should always be included in your next day trip preparation(s).These are key to safe travels – and safe returns."
At Centerline, we are driver-focused. And we want to make sure that our drivers stay focused and safe, too. Learn how you can help them keep our roads and communities safe.
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