Trucking & Safety
As Operation Safe Driver wraps up it’s important to remember that our focus on safety is more than a week-long enforcement blitz. Safety is our primary focus all the time.
Trucking is listed as one of the most dangerous occupations. Not only do we expect our fleet to be in compliance with all regulations, we expect every department to help as part of the team to ensure we make our deliveries safely. Safety is a team effort and we’re proud of the hard work that our entire team dedicates to the safety of our drivers and those with which we share the road.
Trucking Safety Articles
I think we’ve developed many articles about safety over the years. We’ve made a list of some of our more popular articles below. Please let us know which is your favourite and any ideas you have for safety tips.
Truck Stop Safety – Anytime you have a lot of large vehicles, such as trucks, in a small area you have some dangers. Particularly when there is a lot of backing. You also have shady characters around looking to sell you something, panhandle or steal; all of whom can potentially be a danger. Not to fear there are some good practices that will reduce your risk in the truck stops.
Coronavirus Tip Sheet – The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed and released a series of Coronavirus Covid-19 tip sheets for high-risk occupations and essential services and industries.
When a Driver Comes Home: Tips for Leaving COVID-19 on the Road – The Manitoba Trucking Association has been a remarkable asset to the trucking industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. With countless updates, advocacy and information dissemination the MTA Team is working hard to keep us all informed and up-to-date with the daily changes to the trucking industry.
In recent days, they have shared with us a tip sheet to help keep drivers and their families safe upon a driver’s return home. Please take a minute to read through the information and protect yourself and your loved ones.
Trucking Safety & Compliance
Safety & Compliance: How the Actions of One Affect the Entire Team – As professional truck drivers we are expected to be safe and compliant at all times. Violations, even seemingly small ones, are counted against a company’s safety rating.
It is important to know that while drivers may sometimes get off with a warning, points are still deducted from the company’s safety rating and the violation is still documented on your driver record. You may think that this isn’t a big deal because you, the driver, aren’t responsible to pay any fines for your actions when in reality it is a big deal and it involves more than you.
7 Accident Prevention Tips – Become an accident-free driver. Here are just a few tips and reminders to get you moving down the road safely.
Focus is the Key to Safety – When we think of distracted driving, talking on cell phones and texting are the two most common things we think of. Of course, these are only two of many. Anything that takes our focus off the road has the potential to become a hazardous distraction.
It could be the music we are listening to, the sweet classic car that’s driving beside us, the billboards that line the highway, the wildlife that’s meandering through the field, and so many other external distractions.
Back it Up: Safety Tips for Backing the Truck – Backing a truck is one of the most difficult and dangerous manoeuvres to perform. It is frustrating and time-consuming; a skill that can only be learned by doing your reps. Like everything in trucking, the most important thing about backing is to make safety your priority.