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Friday Safety Brief
July 29, 2005
Good Business/Safety Practices
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations don’t apply exposures, your employees, the public and your potential
to everyone, but they are good, basic safety practices for losses. Quite simply, some of the elements of a basic
almost any type of transportation operation, or any program should be; the experience and driving record of
company that uses vehicles in their business. We talk a the driver (this would require some background checking
lot about those rules because we get a lot of questions with past employers and state driver license records),
regarding their application to particular operations, and, driving test, training (both for the job and for the driving
how the regulations are interpreted. Since the states part of the job), vehicle/equipment familiarization, and, at
have adopted the rules (with some exceptions) almost all least some of the basic, most important written company
companies involved in commercial transportation, using policies regarding expectations and job performance.
vehicles over 10,000 lbs., are subject to most of the rules. Written procedures greatly assist, in this regard. There
It’s our goal to assist readers in understanding which rules should also be a procedure for properly handling
apply, and, how to comply with those rules. On the other accidents, from conduct at the scene to the investigation
hand, whether the safety rules apply or not, they are good and actions taken to prevent further accidents.
basics for a safety program. If employees drive any type Maintenance of the vehicles is another important factor.
of vehicle for your business, there are some safety related A program can be relatively simple and still be very
practices that should be followed to protect your liability effective.
Some Training Reminders
1. If you haul any hazardous materials, your Countermeasure: Turning Accidents
drivers must be trained, in accordance with Objective: To prevent turning accidents by anticipating the
the rules. That includes ANY amount of HM, hazards involved and knowing how to safely avoid them.
not just those requiring placards. In fact, any
HM employee needs training. Description: Making left or right turns with long vehicles creates
2. Don’t forget your forklift training. problems that automobile drivers do not have. Blind spots make
3. Hazard Communication training it difficult to see other vehicles. Vehicle length forces drivers to
4. Personal Protective Equipment training make wide turns, encroaching upon adjacent lanes of traffic.
5. Fire Extinguisher training, if applicable Improper tracking of vehicles makes it difficult for the driver to
6. Entry-level driver training judge position. Turning takes longer to complete, thus increasing
7. Load securement exposure time to hazards. Drivers should recognize the hazards
8. Required supervisor training for drug/alcohol created while turning and follow proper procedures to minimize
9. LCV training (long combination vehicle-if
applicable) Questions for Management:
10. HM security training 1. Have your drivers been trained regarding safe turning
And Other Reminders procedures? How? When?
2. By whom? To what standard of performance?
1. Update your MCS 150 every two years
3. Do you know if your drivers are practicing safe turning
2. Annual MVR’s, reviews and certificates of
3. Everyone’s license & physicals up to date? 4. Do you ever have qualified personnel ride with your
drivers to assess safe driving habits?
4. Annual vehicle inspections
5. Have you examined routes used to minimize travel and
Cell Phone Use 6.
turning at difficult or hazardous intersections?
Have you considered attaching "Wide Right Turn" decal
find it difficult Dri up with all of the
WeWhile to keep ving?? states’ on the rear of vehicles?
driving rules, as well as the states’ motor carrier
safety rules. Please let us know if you become aware of any state laws regarding
the use of a cell phone while driving. We have had some recent inquiries but
have not found any new state laws regarding cell phone use while driving. Most
of us agree that it is dangerous to focus on a conversation while driving
and we have all seen the mistakes drivers make while using the phone. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still, we don’t know of any particular rules in this regard. Please let us We’ll respond!
know if your state has any laws or if they are under consideration.
This publication is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. This
“Safety Brief” is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any
local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.