11 Tips for a Safer Trucking Operation

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The number of people killed in crashes involving medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016 increased by 57 over the previous year, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board. For the last year, our Trucking Safety Tip of the Month series aimed to help educate those within and outside of the trucking industry about […]

5 Essential Safety Diagrams for Every Trucking Company

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Many common workplace incidents are largely preventable with proper employee training. Here are five essential safety diagrams that every trucking company should have available to employees. #1 Slips, Trips, and Falls Prevention Slips, trips, and falls continue to plague the trucking industry. In fact, falls on the same level resulted in direct costs of nearly […]

Minnesota State Freight Investment Plan 2017

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On November 9, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) began taking public comments on the state’s Freight Investment Plan. The investment plan identifies $99 million in freight capital improvement projects, using funds from the FAST Act. FAST Act In short, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law on December 4, […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Cargo Theft

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In 2016, there were 1,614 incidents of cargo theft, heavy commercial vehicle theft, and supply chain fraud in the United States. This month’s Trucking Safety Tip of the Month post aims to educate the trucking community on the pervasiveness of cargo theft and how to prevent it. 5 Steps Toward Preventing Cargo Theft According to […]

Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry 2017

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On October 23rd, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published the results of the 2017 Top Industry Issues survey. ATRI developed the “Top Ten” list using a formula assigning quantitative values to respondents’ rankings of issues facing the industry. The report presents the findings of the 2017 annual survey, […]

Sustainable Idling Alternatives to Warm Your Cab

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Research estimates that an idling truck consumes approximately one gallon of fuel per hour. Collectively, more than six billion gallons of gasoline and diesel are lost to idling every year. While one of the main reasons for idling is to power in-cab accessories (i.e., heating and air conditioning), there are alternative power sources. Alternatives to […]

Top Policies for Running a Safe Trucking Operation

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We have said it before, and we will say it again: A safe trucking business is a profitable trucking business. For any trucking operation, it is important to provide employees with materials that enhance your business’ safety culture. Not only will this keep costs down, but it will help keep employees safe. Here are a […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Inadequate Surveillance

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The results of the Large Truck Crash Causation Study indicate that roughly 14 percent of large-truck crashes occur due to commercial motor vehicle drivers’ inadequate surveillance. At Truck Writers, we realize that roughly 80 percent of crashes involving a truck are caused by passenger vehicles. However, as our country works toward zero deaths, we need to […]

How to Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week 2017

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) started Operation Safe Driver Week in an effort to help reduce the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries attributed to unsafe driving behaviors. This year, Operation Safe Driver Week is happening October 15-21. 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week Results In 2016, CMV safety enforcement officials issued warnings or citations to […]