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MOVING FORWARD SUMMER 2016

Let’s Keep Our Trucks Clean Page 6

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Reset Most everyone in the trucking business based on what comes from Washington identifies this term with the driver's log. and the state capitol of your choice. Think of it as the reset allowing the driver log to start anew. 2016 continues to be a challenging year for the trucking industry. It continues The economy needs a reset; it indeed to be a challenging year for needs to start "anew." We live in some TransWood. As Bill Sawin so perfectly interesting times. Our economic basis puts it; 2016 will be the year of the no longer resets itself through normal reset. drivers such as supply and demand. Regulation is the driver, and this driver Our company has experienced is not one the trucking industry wants awesome growth in the last five years, to cater to! From regulations on our but now, the regulation driven economy industry to regulations on labor to has put the brakes on things. regulations on our customer and their Temporarily. You see; TransWood can business - we now live in an economy either bow down to the regulatory that starts, stops and changes course burden and slink away, or use the tools we have, empower the excellent people we are privileged to employ and move forward as an industry leader. That is our challenge, that is our goal. Trucks, especially tank-trucks offering the flexibility other modes of transportation simply cannot. The need for our

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services is not going away. Change, whether it comes from Washington, or from the customer is going to happen. How can our ability to change with "it" make us a better option for our customer? Someone will figure out how to do it; lets make that someone us. TransWood is committed to be that kind of carrier; we want you, we need each of you, to come join in. Oh, and since Football season is upon us; I'll close with a great Vince Lombardi quote: "The difference between a successful person and others is not the lack of strength, not the lack of knowledge, but rather the lack of will." Reset - Hike! - Stan Meier


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Editorial Board

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Wayne Lange

Editor-in-chief

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M. Iftikhar Husain

Art Director

Drive Cams - What’s a 12 Second Video Worth?...………... 4 - 5

Laurie Wolfson

Copywriter

Let’s Keep Our Trucks Clean …….…….…………………. 6 - 7

Contributors Proper Communication With Drivers …….....………......... 8 - 9 Ron Durham Lee Frederick Randy Kopecky

Professional Truck Driver Tips…..………..………..……...

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Sun and Heat Exposure ………….…………..…..…...……

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Linda Lindsey Stan Meier Roger Nikodym

The Importance of PPE ………….…………..…..……….. 12 - 15

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Drive Cams -

What’s a 12 Second Video Wo r t h ?

We have all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, we have all looked at pictures and for the most part know that to be true, so what is a 12 second video clip worth? This short video clip potentially could be worth everything you have worked your entire life to achieve. Whatever that is, whoever you are within the organization.

functions. DC has captured numerous truck stop accidents, one event automatically comes to mind. We had a driver closing in on the end of his ten hour break, went into the truck stop to get some breakfast and coffee, when he returned to his truck the hood was ripped off laying on the parking lot. Driver went into the truck stop and by no surprise they didn’t have any surveillance in the lot, only on Of course we are talking about Drive Cam. Seems there is a the fuel island. Other party was long gone and again, no lot of misconception about DC. Bottom line is that DC is a surprise nobody saw anything. The only positive in this vendor we pay to work on our behalf to first and foremost whole story was that there was a DC event. This event plainly capture events that could possibly thru interpretation make us showed the truck, trailer, name on the trailer and the other financially liable. The other benefit of DC is identifying bad driver because he got out to see what damage he had done. habits that are known to cause accidents. Never being Collection on this to repair our tractor was never so easy. We involved in an accident is everyone’s goal, isn’t it? had the check in a couple days. With that being said, what has DC done for you? I can tell you what it has done at our terminal concerning both DC

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Last several safety meetings at the terminal we discussed just what we are talking about now, how to make DC work for us.


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Had another driver driving down the road, a car on driver’s right decided to change lanes without looking, sound familiar? The other driver never saw us when he changed lanes and struck the right side fender almost spinning him out of control. Our driver could not do anything since he was boxed in with traffic so a DC event wasn’t triggered. Driver wanted to create an event so he just reached up and tapped the unit creating a event. This foresight to create an event saved everyone. Driver was never interrogated as to what happened, other party never had the opportunity to

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say we changed lanes. This questionable Again if we are being honest with event was put to bed in 12 seconds. ourselves I bet 100 out of 100 of us are now thinking about things a little The second function of DC, as much as differently. Not hard math is it? you don’t want to admit it, has made you and I a safer driver. Once your The next time you get the opportunity to blood pressure comes back into check view an event of yourself treat it as a think about that statement. Since the learning experience that could save you camera install have you ever gave extra the hassle of being involved in an caution at an intersection? Thought accident. We all pick up bad habits from twice about running that red light? How time to time, isn’t it a good thing that we many of you are counting out following now have the opportunity to fix that distance? If one driver in 100 answered habit before something happens. yes to one of these questions that’s one accident that could have been avoided. - Lee Frederick

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Let’s Keep Our Trucks Clean Here are a few reasons to keep our trucks clean:

So they see you - A dirty truck can be camouflaged on the roadway at certain times of day or night. Sure, there are Prevent costly repairs - Dirt and grime can hide parts of lights and reflective tape all over the equipment, but if all that your truck that need repair. Unchecked, and worse – is covered by a layer of dust, dirt or grime, then how will unrepaired, these issues can turn into more costly and another driver see you. While you are waiting to load or extensive problems later – and may leave you stranded on the unload is a great time to walk around with a rag and wipe off roadside. the lights and reflective tape. This can be done daily between A positive image - A clean truck portrays a positive image to the scheduled truck washes at the terminals. We want to do everything we possibly can to make sure they see us. It is our customers and others on the highways. It shows you care job as professional drivers to do everything within our power about your work space. It also tells the DOT that you take to keep our highways safe. care of your equipment. - Linda Lindsey

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Proper Communication with Drivers I recently had the opportunity to present the PACE Lead Driver Training course to two different groups of TransWood drivers. During the distracted driving portion of the course, several of the drivers stated that we continue to struggle with the issue of improper communications between office staff and drivers.

dispatcher each time the driver finishes unloading their current load, and before leaving the consignee. Terminal Managers can issue additional instructions to their drivers as required by their operational needs. By including this step and ultimately changing expectations, TransWood will see immediate improvements in our safety performance. I’m told some carriers have gone so far as establishing a policy In some cases, dispatchers and other office personnel expect where all office staff immediately ends the call when they drivers to answer their phones and converse, even if they are become aware that a driver is in motion. driving. We need to get everyone at TransWood to use proper communication etiquette, and observe our distracted driving policy. By simply using voice mail correctly, we would see great improvements in distracted driving issues concerning communication. The bottom line is, if a driver is  Avoid communication with drivers operating a vehicle, our office staff must not expect the driver to answer calls, and the calls need to be directed to en route - use voicemail correctly their voice mail. After the driver reaches an area where they  Establish communication protocol can safely stop and park, they will need to listen to the message, and respond appropriately.

Communication Tips

Another key to proper communications is for the terminal to establish a protocol for drivers to call in at the necessary times. Of course this will vary by operation, but normally would include, at a minimum, checking in with the

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Review Distracted Driving Policy

No texting while driving

No mobile phone use


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nature and duration. Activities that distract you during driving can include but are not limited to the following: Eating, smoking, drinking, in-cab Company policy for all employees and audio entertainment systems, CB contractors follow local, state, and Radios, Hands Free communication federal regulations on Hand Held Cell devices, GPS devices, maps, customer Phone use and Texting. We will not directions or documents, or any other list each state and local law here but it thing that requires you to take your is the driver or contractor’s hands off the wheel or your eyes off responsibility to understand and follow the road or your mirrors. At all times, the restrictions for each area they the driver must have at least one operate in and to always follow at least hand on the steering wheel while the federal regulations. The Federal the truck is in motion. Regulation on cell phone use and texting states: Recent research commissioned by FMCSA shows that the odds of being This rulemaking restricts a CMV driver from holding a mobile device to involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane make a call, or dialing by pressing deviation) is 23.2 times greater for more than a single button. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while CMV drivers who engage in texting while driving than for those who do driving can only use a hands-free not. I think we can all agree that this is phone located in close proximity. Texting includes (but is not limited to), a staggering number, and illustrates the dangers of texting while you’re behind short message services, e-mailing, the wheel. instant messaging, a command or

Cell Phone and Texting Policy While Driving

Another concern is texting. This one is simple . . . don’t read or write a text message when your vehicle is in motion. Below is an excerpt explaining what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) views as texting:

No texting while driving CMV drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. So what qualifies as texting? Texting means manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device. This includes, but is not limited to, short message service, e-mailing, instant messaging, a command or request to access a Web page, or pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication using a mobile phone or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.

request to access a Web page, pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a call using a mobile telephone, or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.

Driving Distractions

The bottom line here is that proper & smart communication is a huge piece of the safety puzzle for all of us. Make the smart choice every time – Keep your distractions to a minimum when you’re behind the wheel, and your odds of avoiding an accident increase enormously!

As a refresher, the following sections Thanks to each of you for your It is company policy that all driving are exerts from TransWood’s policy on ongoing efforts at improving highway distractions are to be limited. Your distracted driving as stated in our safety! primary focus as an employee or “Driver’s Manual”. contractor should be the safe operation - Roger Nikodym of your vehicle. Things that distract driving need to be very limited in

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Professional Truck Driver Tips

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season in full swing, millions of Americans are on the road - roads that they must share with some very large vehicles.

professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks Inc. and Michelin North America Inc.

Other tips and tactics from the Through its Share the Road program, pros:  Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the American Trucking Associations the risk of fatal injury by 45% is using professional truck drivers to and are a simple way to let the public know what they can do increase your safety on the to stay safe. road.  Slow Down: With the extra Defensive and attentive highway congestion due to “With more traffic on the roads than holiday travel, speeding usual, it is more important than ever becomes even more dangerous. for drivers to be defensive and Allow plenty of space between attentive behind the wheel,” said you and other vehicles and Russ Simpson, a Share the Road reduce your speed. professional driver with Holland Inc.  Don’t drive impaired: The holidays are often a time for “Summer travel often means driving merriment, but if you’ve had on less familiar roads – so it is all the too much to drink, don’t get more important to pay attention, put behind the wheel. your phone down and not get behind  Do not cut in front of large the wheel if you’ve had too much trucks: Remember that trucks summer fun,” said David Green, who are heavier and take longer to drives for Werner Enterprises. “And make a complete stop, so avoid of course, it is always important to cutting quickly in front of them. buckle up.”  Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with Share the Road is a highway safety large trucks, be aware of their outreach program that educates all blind spots. If you can't see the drivers about sharing the roads safely truck driver in his or her with large trucks. An elite team of mirrors, then the truck driver

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can't see you.  Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.  Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front.  Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.  Plan ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the offramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.  Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won't be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.


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Sun and Heat Exposure The summer months bring some new dangers to you during your time spent in the out of doors. Sun and heat exposure can cause some pretty serious health issues that include skin cancer, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash. Put your health first and try to follow these tips to have a safe summer season.

 Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and face cool. This will also provide added protection from damaging sun exposure. Baseball caps provide little protection except to the face. A hat should protect the face, neck, and ears.

 Wear a long-sleeved shirt at all times. It should be light colored and loose fitting except when working around machinery.

 Carry a source of water with you. Take drinks frequently—every 15

minutes. Drink even if you are not thirsty.

 Take frequent breaks in the shade or in a cool environment during the hottest times of the day.

 Adjust gradually to working in the heat over a period of 10-20 days if possible.

 Someone suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke should be moved to a cool environment, offered sips of water, if conscious, and provided with attention from emergency medical personnel.

 Wear sunscreen protection that has an SPF of at least 15.

 Wear sunglasses that have 100 percent block of UVA and UVB radiation. Remember that when on water or snow the sun reflects off those elements and increases exposure. - Randy Kopecky

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“I hate steel toe shoes, they’re so uncomfortable”

The Importance of PPE Congress, Kimberly-Clark Professional conducted a Why is personal protective equipment (PPE) important? survey among attendees, asking if respondents had ever We all know the answer, right? All together now: observed workers failing to wear PPE when they should “Because it protects workers from injury!” While this have. Eighty-seven percent said that they had. The may be true, it’s also true that in the real world, safety reasons? professionals are still struggling to get this message  PPE was uncomfortable (according to 62% of across – and make it stick. Unfortunately, expressions respondents), like “Wear your PPE because it says so in the safety rule  PPE was not necessary for the task, book” just don’t hold up as convincing arguments,  PPE was too hot, and especially in front of a group of tough customers – like  PPE was unattractive looking. maybe your co-workers for instance. So what does work? My Show Don’t Tell Method of Getting

Why Workers Resist Wearing PPE The failure of workers to wear PPE persists as a leading concern among employers and safety professionals. According to the National Safety Council, PPE is a component in at least two of OSHA’s 2008 top-ten violations: fall protection and respiratory protection. Also, during the 2006 National Safety Council

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Workers to Wear their PPE Ok, so much for the problem. Now you want to know: How do I get workers or co-workers to wear their blasted PPE? What I can humbly offer are some suggestions that have yielded fairly good results for me over the years. You’ll notice that most of these suggestions involve “showing.” It’s my belief that, no matter what message


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you’re trying to get across about PPE, showing is much more effective than talking.

designated work area, then adhere to the policy or the procedure. How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ll just be in there for 1. Set an example - There’s nothing a second,” or, “I’ve been performing more embarrassing to us safety geeks this task without PPE for years”? than being accused – or even worse, caught at – not “walking our talk”. Don’t fall victim to this classic You must SHOW your peers and co- recipe for a perfect storm, one that I’m sure you have watched reenacted workers that you are not above the many times on safety training rules and regulations by using PPE videos, and hopefully never have in your workplace wherever it is required. DON’T TACKLE A JOB experienced firsthand. Instead, SHOW your workers where to obtain WITHOUT PPE. the appropriate PPE and take the 2. Allow no exceptions - There must time to SHOW them how to don and be zero exceptions. Period. If it is a use it correctly. Explain to them that their contribution and hard work is requirement that PPE be used in a

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valued and that remaining injury free is an important part of reaching and maintaining your organization’s goals. 3. Don’t look the other way - The absolute worst thing you can do regarding the proper use PPE is let someone get away without it when it is required. If you ever witness a violation of use, never ignore it. There is a very well-known poem that still circulates around the safety profession that SHOWS this situation far more effectively than I ever will. EXCUSES WON’T PROTEC YOUR HEAD

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4. Spend the money - There are few quicker returns on investment than PPE. In fact, it can be virtually immediate. OSHA even goes so far as to say there is a $4 return for every dollar spent.

6. Give me a good reason - In use for many years now, but still worth mentioning, is the “Why I Work Safe” bulletin board. This is simply a place for workers to pin up pictures of their loved ones to SHOW as a reminder every time they walk by to work and go home safe. Of course I’ve seen the occasional picture of a pet, a car and even a guitar, but they say that love is relative, right? In any case, it serves as a visual reminder and reinforces the message.

7. Don’t let the employee/Co-worker off the hook - In addition to the requirements that employers provide PPE where necessary, OSHA regulations clearly state that the worker also has a part in being responsible for safety on the job as well. To help make this happen, make sure you SHOW each worker how to properly maintain and store their PPE, as well as how to inspect Sure, you may be saving a few bucks with that box of PPE for wear, tear, and malfunctions, and how to get it Brand X safety glasses sitting on a bench at the entrance replaced. Let them know that PPE won’t work if it’s to the shop floor. These types of safety glasses are fine broken, in disrepair, or not cared for properly. for the casual visitor, but never expect your regular workers to wear them 100% of the time. Let your workers know you stand behind your message by giving them something unique, something special. Go ahead and spring for that pair of Harley-Davidson® safety glasses, pay for those Kevlar® gloves for sharps and cut protection, offer them hard hats with an ear-muff option. That SHOWS a person that you are looking out for them and are personally invested in their welfare. 5. It doesn’t end with training - Training isn’t the last word on a safety topic. It’s usually only the beginning. The training session remains one of the most effective venues to SHOW workers how important PPE is in the workplace. This is also a good place to SHOW the proper fit and care of PPE, so maybe you won’t be faced later with the aforementioned “too hot” or “too uncomfortable” issues. You should then monitor the desired effects of your training under actual working 8. Discipline - Unfortunately, the “D” word may be conditions long after the sign-off sheets have been necessary to use under certain conditions. If you elect to passed around. discipline, it is absolutely critical to discipline in a

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effective training and exercising consistent discipline, you can go a long way in achieving success with that perplexing program that has been keeping you scratching your head. Remember, as safety professionals Conclusion we must go beyond forming partnerships with divisions, Until now, you might have thought departments and other organizational that telling your workers to wear PPE was the best or only way. While entities. We must form partnerships the art of verbal persuasion can be a with individuals in order to foster the efficient and safe work environment. valuable tool, SHOWING your One critical element in the context of workers by setting an example, allowing no exceptions, conducting that environment is an effective PPE

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consistent manner. There is no quicker way to diminish morale or lose credibility with your workers than to be perceived as being inconsistent with disciplinary action. SHOW your workers you mean business by disciplining according to our written policy.

program. Now it’s time to strengthen your resolve and go forth to proclaim the purposeful message of PPE. It may seem a lot like climbing Mt. Everest, but once you reach your goal, there’s not another view like it. - Ron Durham

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