Category Archives: Safety Messages

Drug and Alcohol Clearing House Information from DriverCheck

Branden Kearse of DriverCheck gave an overview in October of the Drug and Alcohol Clearing House beginning January 6th, 2020 for carriers operating in the United States. below is an overview of the presentation.  You can learn more about DriverCheck at www.drivercheck.ca

Listen to the full presentation in audio form below

http://theleadpedalpodcast.com/lp401-understanding-the-drug-and-alcohol-clearing-house-with-branden-kearse

 

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

IHSA Magazine Features Risk Assessment for Transportation

IHSA Magazine has released information on risk assessments for the transportation industry and other road safety programming. You may find this interesting to share with your teams.

Magazine: https://www.ihsa.ca/News_Events/HS_Magazine.aspx

Edition:  http://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/products/IHSAV191-IHSA-Magazine-Vol-19-i1.pdf

Todd Moore Talks Cargo Theft at Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Meeting

Cargo Specialist Todd Moore of ISB Global Services presented today to the Hamilton Chapter of the Fleet Safety Council. Moore talks about cargo crime and gave an overview of how carriers and drivers can be more diligent in preventing theft.

Todd Moore-ISB

Graphic Recording Summaries of the Presentation

You can learn more about ISB Global Services and Todd Moore at https://isbglobalservices.com

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Drive Safe this Weekend-Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council wants you to drive safely this weekend. Plan for vacation traffic. Have a great weekend.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Central Ontario Truck Driving Championships with the Fleet Safety Council

Fleet Safety Council Members area active in many parts of the industry and events such as the Central Ontario Truck Driving Championships. You can view pictures of some of the members in action from a previous post by clicking here.

Below are some videos provided from The Lead Pedal Podcast and if you would like to hear interviews and a recap of the event listen to the show via the link below.

http://theleadpedalpodcast.com/lp337-professional-driving-at-the-central-ontario-truck-driving-championships

Check out the videos

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Keep Your Records Up To Date says Jodi Burness

Jodi Burness of Burness Paralegal Services outlined in a recent presentation that maintenance records can be a real stumbling block for carriers in a court of law. She offers some tips in this video from the presentation. You can learn more about Burness Paralegal at www.burnessparalegal.com

Video produced by The Lead Pedal Podcast for Truck Drivers. learn more about the podcast at www.theleadpedalpodcast.com

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Jodi Burness Outlines Distracted Driving Changes for Jan 2019

Jodi Burness of Burness Paralegal Services outlines the changes happening to the distracted driving laws in Ontario and how they will affect drivers. You can learn more about Burness Paralegal Services at www.burnessparalegal.com . This presentation was taken from a recent presentation by Burness in November 2018.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Happy Holidays from Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council would like to take this time to wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

Please don’t drink and drive!

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Cartoon by Bruce Outridge Productions

 

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Jodi Burness Presents Legal Principles for Transport Companies at October Meeting

Jodi Burness of Burness Paralegal Services presented an informative presentation today on the legal aspects of trucking and keeping your fleet in good shape. The October meeting was completely full  and the engaged crowd asked many question about the presentation. If you are a member you can view the presentation on our Presentations Page. You can learn more about Burness Paralegal at www.burnessparalegal.com

Burness Paralegal presentationMembers can view the presentation
here in PDF Format.

 

Join us for our next meeting on November 29th when John Oldfield will be presenting on shipping contracts.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

DEATH PENALTY ABOLISHED – 1976 – OR WAS IT?

As many of you know, I drove, dispatched, was Operations Manager, and Safety Manager for an airport shuttle service for a number of years. Something I noticed repeatedly over the years was the difference in collisions when the driver was alone as opposed to when passengers were being carried.

If you are aware of today’s enforcement focus on “distracted driving”, you will find many references to the use of cameras, phones, electronic devices, hands-free devices, consuming food or drink, smoking and talking to passengers. Of course, none of these things are “at-fault”. The driver is “at-fault.” This makes reasonable sense as we know that anything that takes your mind off your driving is a distraction.

According to some unknown authority, driving the QEW and the 401 are some of the busiest highways in North America, supposedly beating out California. Our drivers continually drove back and forth on those two highways, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. It didn’t take very long for our drivers to learn the regular traffic patterns of those highways. Many discussions took place among drivers as to the best lanes and routes to take at particular times of the day. Drivers often found streams of cars following behind their marked vehicles. People learned to follow them for the safest drive and to make the best time.

If memory serves me correctly, our passenger counts averaged around 1.5 million per year. That’s a lot of driving.

Yes, unfortunately, we had crashes but, we had very few passenger injuries. I contend that the reason for that was that our drivers drove differently when alone than when they had passengers on board. I believe they paid more attention to their driving, taking fewer chances when somebody was watching and they felt that responsibility.

Of course, freight drivers never get a chance to talk to passengers. Also, freight never talks back, it never gets sick on you, it never pees on your seats and it never fights with you or other passengers. As long as you drive right, the freight stays put. Ever think of that?

Taking what I’ve observed, I think distracted driving is a mental Nick-2015attitude that can be overcome. I believe if your mental attitude is tuned into your driving, you will not be distracted, even when something big and loud happens right beside you. You can train yourself to concentrate on what you are doing so that you don’t look away for any reason, including when something strikes you. Only you can take that kind of control. Sudden moves are the killers. If you can keep your vehicle steady and stable, regardless of what’s happening around you, you’re more likely to stay safe.

This is sometimes a hard lesson for winter drivers to understand. Stay off the brakes and avoid sudden, sharp, steering movements. It doesn’t matter if you are swimming, skydiving or driving, panic moves are killers. Never give up!

So, what can you take from this? When you turn that key, turn your brain on. Light it up and focus on what you are actually doing as if somebody is watching you. You still have a great responsibility to yourself, your passengers, other road users, your customers and those waiting for you at home.

Your job (paid or otherwise) is to get the trip done, the passengers off-loaded, and the load delivered safely. When that vehicle is running, you’re on the job! Pay attention to it as if you were facing the death penalty ……. because you are, every time you turn that key.

Keep your people safe.
The beauty of life is in your hands.
THINK SAFETY ……… EVERYWHERE ……….. ALL THE TIME

About the Author

Your Old Uncle Nicky’s Opinions

Nick Nicholson, is a retired safety practitioner who spent many years researching the human behaviour factors of driver and pedestrian actions. Specifically, he spent 25 of those years devoted to highway crash investigations, regulatory compliance, the design, implementation and presentation of safety programs. Nick enjoyed many hours presenting professional driver enhancement training to adult participants.

As a long time Fleet Safety Council Member (1988) and the Founding Chair (1992-1995) of Council’s Hamilton-Niagara Chapter, he presents his opinions in hopes of improving the safety knowledge of readers. Nick is a firm believer in human advancement through positive attitudes, solution thinking and the understanding that the beauty of life is always in your hands.

Old Uncle Nicky’s Opinions are his own and in no way reflect the opinions of Fleet Safety Council