"Hiner Transport Aug 08"
Hiner Transport, Inc., Huntington, IN www.hinertransport.com August 2008 Mission Statement Hiner Transport is committed to providing safe, high quality, reliable transportation to the shipping public, creating opportunities for growth and development, both personal and corporate, while maintaining a community friendly image. What Do our Drivers Do to be Safe? From the desk of Shannon Rudy A safety message was sent out 7/9/08 that said “Safety requires the involvement of all employees. What are YOU doing to be part of the solution?” It was amazing the responses that were sent in. The main theme was SLOW DOWN. Here is a list of some of the responses that we received: “Insure to get the proper amount of rest. Also, when preplanning your trip for pick-up or delivery, allow enough time to get there with time to spare. Always pay attention to what is around you and what is going on. Get the big picture, not just what is up close. Always plan on a way out of a situation before it may occur. Stay alert, don’t over drive any situation, and be courteous to other drivers.”-Phil Grogg “Keep mirrors adjusted. Always get out and look before backing. Know where you’re going. Don’t be looking at a map and trying to drive.”-Ken Rhoads “Slow Down! Take your time! And do not be aggressive.”- Patrick Gentry “Slow down, and be very careful in work zones by following speed limit signs. Just don’t get in a hurry.”- Steve Burnsworth “Pay attention at all times. If I start getting sleepy, I will stop, get out, and take a quick break or a quick nap. Then I am ready to go for a while.”- David Kinsey “G.O.A.L. never back up unless you have to.” Gene Debolt and Wendy Taylor “We are getting out to look, and leaving extra room in front when driving in wet conditions.”- John Wood and John Lydick “I called in a drunk driver this morning in Ohio”-Damon Hill Safety is something that should cross your mind multiple times per day. What are my obstacles at this dock? Is this a safe place to park? Are my logs current? Am I following too closely? If we think about safety, we will become safer! Thanks to all the driver that responded!! Maintaining your Truck By Al Riggers Please remember that frequent inspections of your equipment are absolutely critical in preventing breakdowns. A large percentage of the potential problems that exist, never turn into breakdowns because many of you do such a fantastic job of spotting those issues before they become breakdowns. Looking things over before you move helps to ensure that you will arrive at your destination on time and safely without experiencing problems along the way. Many times a pre- trip inspection and spotting a potential problem early can save you hours of frustration and down time in a spot where you just don't want to be! Some of the most critical areas that we suggest you spend time looking at and listed in their order of importance are: 1. Tires...We work with tire issues every day and they continue to be the most frequently logged breakdown for us. It goes without saying that a large percentage of tire failures we experience are preventable. Many tire failures have visible signs of a problem, long before they are failures. Tires that are simply worn out are not a large part of the OTR tire issues that we deal with. Most of the time tire failures on the road are traced back to either damage or a low pressure situation that has caused the tire to prematurely fail due to overheating. I want to stress that we realize that there will always be those incidents that are unavoidable and problems with tires are going to occur. Our hope is that by trying to make you aware of the importance of your visual inspections that we can begin to decrease the incidence of them turning into breakdowns. Recognizing tire problems is only the first step. Being willing to take the time to deal with what you see now and not waiting to see what happens is probably as important as the inspection. We see all too often that time becomes more important than anything. However, many of you have found that dealing with tire issues now can save an awful lot of time when compared to waiting on road service. Allow us to try to help you to understand what we have seen over and over. An hour spent having an issue addressed in advance of a breakdown can save us all a lot of pain and money and, in the process, make our entire operation much safer. 2. Fluid leaks... Although we don't have near the incidence of OTR repairs due to fluid leaks, they are something that you, as drivers, should be constantly watching for. A walk around visual as you approach your vehicle will in many cases tell you pretty quickly if there are any fluid leaks. This is somewhat dependent on what type of surface you are parked on but for the most part if you will scan the ground underneath the vehicle and give a quick glance to the hub cap area of the wheel ends you will have a pretty good idea whether or not you have any fluid loss issues. A more thorough inspection of the inner part of the inner tires and inner brake drum area will tell you if you have wheel seals leaking. Although it is not real common, a leaking wheel seal is always a cause for concern. Fuel and oil loss are always an environmental issue as well. Please call us any time you see fluid leaks and we will help to decide if it is cause for immediate action. 3. Lighting...Because of their importance to safety and also because of the DOT requirements it is extremely important that all lights are checked and kept in working order at all times. Rarely does a light issue cause a breakdown or keep you from moving. It can cause you to be detained or written up or possibly fined. OTR light repair is common and because failure can occur without notice we cannot do much to prevent it. We can certainly make frequent checks and have them repaired before a ticket is issued. 4. Brakes...Again because of their importance to safety, brake inspections should be done daily to your tractor and with each trailer that you hook. With the open suspensions that we run, a visual of the linings and actuator components is very easy to perform. It is always time well spent. Brake linings less than one quarter inch thick, at the thickest part of the block, are illegal and are not safe to move with. All of our equipment is equipped with automatic slack adjusters; therefore adjustment is rarely an issue. Again please call us with questions regarding brakes and we will be glad to try to help. Don't take any chances with any brake concerns. 5. Suspension....Although there are not a lot of suspension issues OTR, and tractor suspensions cause few problems in general, trailer suspensions and sliders do cause some problems and are definitely worth spending some time on. Because there are different set-ups depending on the manufacturer, the best advice we feel we can give you is to look it over. If you see anything loose, out of place, or missing, it is an issue. Make sure all slider pins are locked into position. Make sure all air bags are inflating and holding air. Probably just as important, are they all setting in the same general position? We have had a few issues around the air bag seats and if the seat becomes bent or twisted, this will cause the bag to appear twisted or at an odd angle compared to the others. We cannot carry freight this way and it is something that requires immediate attention. We must also monitor ride height on both tractor and trailer. It is not safe to drive if either the tractor or trailer air suspension is not inflating and is not being supported by the bags. This is particularly easy to spot on trailers as it will reduce the clearance between the lower rail and the trailer tires, in some cases, to almost nothing. Pulling a trailer in this condition can cause serious damage to the suspension and/or the tires. We cannot move it like this. Please do inspections on your trailers and keep an eye out for this. We believe that as you begin to look at more and more at them, it will become easier for you to spot irregularities. We have only scratched the surface here and without going into more detail I want to stress that an inspection should not take more than five to ten minutes. The more often you do them the less time it will take to recognize that everything is in order. In the interest of trying to help educate along these lines, if you have questions and would like for us to go over some of the key things we would like for you to be looking for during inspections, please contact Al. We will try to make arrangements to get that done. What’s Ergonomics? (Part 2) From the American Red Cross You may already under stand the concept of ergonomics. In simple terms, it means improving the fit between your body and an activity. Adjusting your work space (or driver’s seat) to fit your height is an example of using ergonomics. The result is increased comfort and efficiency. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries often associated with repetitive strain or damage to muscle, tendons, nerves, and joints. Although most MSDs most frequently affect the back and wrists, your whole body is at risk. Left untreated, an MSD may limit your range of motion or reduce your ability to grip an object. Last month we provided a risk assessment for you to determine your risk factor in MSDs. Here is a plan to reduce some of your risk factors: Identify and assess risk—Many people do not know they are at risk for am MSD until they begin having discomfort. If you are exposed to a risk factor, talk to your supervisor, and they will help determine the level of risk. A medical evaluation may also assess your risk, if you are experiencing any signals of MSD. Stay near the neutral position to improve your posture. To find neutral, line up your ears, shoulders, shoulders and hips in a straight line. Keep your head upright and relax as you do this. If you are holding your breath or your shoulders are hunched toward your ears, try again. Your shoulders should be level, with your arms near your sides. You can rest your body by returning to the neutral positions often. Work within your reach, keeping your work within 14 to 18 inches of your body, depending on your size. Reaching too far can be awkward. It also reduces your leverage, so you need to use more force. Avoid locking a joint, extending it further until it can go no further, when lifting items. Also, avoid reaching overhead or behind your back, if you can. If you must reach out, return to neutral as soon as possible. Face your work. If you need to change directions, move your whole body instead of twisting. Clear away clutter between you and your work. When seated, keep your knees level with of slightly lower than your hips. Your feet should be flat on the floor or supported with a footrest. Proper posture reduces strain on soft tissues. When you are in the neutral position, your bone structure supports you and provides a stable base in which to move. As a result, your movements have more power, and muscles and tendons do not need to work overtime just to keep you upright. Next month we will look at more ways to reduce your risks for MSDs. Hiner’s New Team Members Please welcome: Edward Michel, driver from Huntington, IN, is married to Carol and has one child Shane Riggs, driver from Gas City, IN, is married to Stephanie and has four children Jim McCord, driver from Greenwood, IN, is married to Jeannie and has eight children Wendy Taylor, driver from Defiance, OH, is single with three children William Day Jr., driver from Jonesboro, IN, is married to Paula Day Michael Calligaro, driver from Huntington, IN, is single with one child Michael Wall, driver from Huntington, IN, is married to Julie and has two children Earl Murphy, driver from Richmond, IN, is married to Vicki Jo Larry Long, driver from Goshen, IN, is married to Karen Steve Courtney, driver from Elwood, IN, is single Welcome back…Nicholas Pace, driver from Greenville, OH, who is single with four children August Birthdays Name Birth Date Name Birth Date Darrell Heral 8/01 Ned Amacher 8/01 John Steiner 8/02 Robert Parlato 8/03 Todd Landon 8/04 Jeffrey Sloan 8/04 Harry Hoffman 8/05 Christopher Kragick 8/10 William Powell 8/11 Travis Voorhees 8/11 Jerry Johanan 8/12 Dana Cheney 8/12 Travis Weidner 8/13 Timothy Nance 8/15 Shane Griffiths 8/15 Cordell Hull 8/18 Walter Barton 8/19 Bradley Dolby 8/19 David Zirkelbach 8/22 Robert Rexroad 8/23 William Smith 8/25 Craig Downey 8/27 John Young 8/29 August Anniversaries Name Hire Date Name Hire Date Delane Weaver 8/06/90 John Hiner 8/18/95 Darren Freidman 8/10/98 Brian Harris 8/27/01 Carl Sandlin 8/20/02 Steven Wilson 8/04/03 Jason Dinius 8/11/04 Cecelia Ellet 8/16/05 Daniel Stults 8/22/05 Ronald Thien, Sr. 8/23/05 Mark Harris 8/14/06 Lucinda Johnson 8/15/06 Randall Johnson 8/15/06 Todd Cassel 8/05/0 Michael Toney 8/07/07 Brittany Hamming 8/20/07 Michael Seifert 08/20/07 Leah Levernier 8/27/07 “To get to where you want to go, you can't only do what you like.” Peter Abrahams Wedding Bells Ring Aaron Goodpaster (son of Paul Goodpaster) and Diane Donovan were married on Sat June 21st, 2008. Aaron is currently teaching part time and working on his Doctorate, in Analytical Chemistry, at Miami of Ohio University in Oxford Ohio, and Diane is teaching special education students in Connersville Indiana. They reside in Liberty, Indiana. On May 17th, 2008, Shannon Rudy (Safety Director) and Joe Schlotter were married in Lagro, IN. Their families were in attendance. At work Shannon will use Rudy for her last name. Nikki Grimes and Josh Sunderman tied the knot on June 28th at Loon Creek Church. Nikki works in the accounting department at the Huntington office. Congratulations to everyone!! Inspection Reports From the desk of Shannon Rudy Congratulations to the following drivers for their recent clean DOT inspections: Richard Bontrager David Rosemeyer Chris Witte Curtis Wickline Mike Toney Shane Hollopeter John Yaw Sam Zahm David Smith Danny Piersall Charles Rethy The drivers with clean DOT inspections will receive a $20 certificate for the closet. It takes 32 good inspections to do away with a bad inspection to be eligible for the certificate. May Star Performers From the Desk of Shannon Rudy Each month Hiner Transport will be publishing the names of the drivers who are our top performers. To be a top performer you need to supply superior performance (no late deliveries); drive at least 10,500 miles for that particular month; meets the fuel mileage goal for the truck type; and great safety record (meaning no preventable accidents, tickets, negative inspections or log violations over the maximum of 20. As you can see there is some lag time between the month of recognition and the month of performance. It takes time to get our information. Arthur Thompson Mark Harris Philip Grogg David Rosemeyer Todd Cassel Samuel Miller Michael Land Terry Green Billy Conn John Hiner Ronald Lennon Jonathan Francis Luke Graf Roy Johnston Luis Gaona Chris Witte Shaun Leffler Johnny Allen Aaron Alfrey Daniel Stults Brenda Allen Keep up the good work! Mark your Calendar th th August 24 to 30 Driver Appreciation Week (Come for your gift and popcorn…Cook out on Friday) Safety Meeting Schedule Saturday, Aug 02 @ 9 AM Friday, Aug 08 @ 2 PM Friday, Aug 22 @ 2 PM & Noon “Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform cease to exist” Mary Kay Ash Driver Appreciation Week August 25th to 29th By Tom Pruesse In conjunction with the American Trucking Association; Hiner is announcing that we will be conducting driver appreciation activities the week of August 25 thru 29. During the celebration week we are asking all drivers to stop by the recruiting department and draw for their prize……..our prize box will contain items ranging from polo shirts, jackets, hats, pocket knives, coffee thermos, etc………also we have a second item for each driver to display on their truck………….on Friday August 29th we will hold a cook out from 11am to 2pm……there will be the final safety meeting of this bonus period beginning at 2pm............this will be your last chance to fulfill the meeting requirements to be eligible for the ATV drawing……..We are planning other activities for the week to recognize our drivers and their contributions to Hiner’s success and growth………please join us……….. Greg Tackett Represented Hiner in State Competition The State Roadeo was held on June 14th at the Indiana State Fair Grounds. Greg came in 5th for the Sleeper Truck Division. He said that he missed one problem because he posed for his dad to take a picture. “I won’t make that mistake again. My dad was a National Champ for the Roadeo, and I want to make him proud.” Paul’s View Point By Paul James The last week in August is Driver Appreciation Week. This is a good time to do a few extra things to let our drivers know that we truly do appreciate them. I hope everyone will have a chance to at least pick up your gift and enjoy a bag of popcorn. These are lean times for the trucking industry, and we have some of the best drivers on the road at Hiner Transport. With your efforts in saving fuel, being safe, staying smart in difficult situations, we will all prosper in the end. We hope you enjoy the week knowing that at Hiner drivers are appreciated 365 days of the year.