Educational Presentations at HFSC 2018 Spring Seminar

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council held their Annual Spring Spring Seminar 2018Seminar last month to a full house. The seminar included regulatory updates for the transportation industry and included four panelists hosted by moderator Mike Derry of The Guarantee Insurance Company.

The panelists included Nick Korakus of the Ministry of Transportation, Jodi Burness of Burness Paralegal Services, Rick Gladman of Old Republic Insurance, and Chris Wilkinson of DriverCheck.

Below are a few outtakes from the presentations:

Nick Korakus was asked about Electronic Logging Devices and parking issues for truck drivers.

Rick Gladman was asked about new driver in the workplace and what types of regulatory items should be put in place.

Jodi Burness was asked what should be included in driver files should the company be called into court to defend a charge.

Chris Wilkinson was asked about drugs and alcohol policies in the workplace and how to handle them.

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Nominate a Driver or Safety Person of the Year for 2018

As we come into the month of April it becomes an important month for those wanting to recognize team members and peers in the industry. Nominations close April 30th for the Hamilton Chapter.

Every year the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council recognize a Driver of the Year who is performing above and beyond to be safe and give back to their communities. Last years recipient was Mike Lotakow of Verpeeten Transport who had an amazing career as a professional driver. Click here to find out how to nominate your driver.

Check out the the incredible story of Mike Lotakow

The Hamilton Niagara Chapter also awards a Risk Safety Professional of the Year. This is someone who is at the forefront of the industry in promoting safety and leadership, is dedicated to their chapter, and gives back to the community. Last year the recipient was Sheila Land who has been an instrumental part of Hamilton Chapter for many years. If you know someone who is going above and beyond the call of duty in the industry please nominate them. You can find out the criteria through clicking this link.

Check out the interview with Sheila Land below.

Deadlines for nominations close April 30th

 

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

 

Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Talks Regulatory Updates to Full House

On Thursday March 29th the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council hfsc-spring-seminar-bannerheld their annual Spring Seminar on Regulatory Updates for the transportation industry.  It was a full house as topics included distracted driving, drugs and alcohol policies,  professional drivers, legal issues, and much more.

Spring Seminar 2018The morning kicked off with a hot breakfast and opening remarks from Michell Roberts of IHSA. Mike Derry of The Guarantee lead the panel consisting of Nick Korakas of the MTO, Rick Gladman of Old Republic Insurance, Chris Wilkinson of DriverCheck, and Jodi Burness of Burness Paralegal Services. Thank you to all the presenters for sharing their expertise.

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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

 

Long Time Member John Cleary Passes Away March 2018

John Cleary was a respected and long time member of the Fleet Safety Council and unfortunately passed away on March 3, 2018. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of John.

CLEARY, John G. June 23, 1940 – March 3, 2018 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband and best friend of Yvonne (Mayers). Cherished father of Jennifer (Chris) and Jillian (Roman). He will be missed by his grandsons Andrew, Nathan, Adam and Alex. He leaves behind a loving brother Mike (Judy), mother-in-law Val Mayers, brother-in-law of Keith (Val) and Ross (Chris) and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Dr. J. Pinthus, Dr. G. Fraser and ICU team at Juravinski. Cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Salvation Army Meadowlands, 187 Stone Church Rd. W., Ancaster, L9K 0A3 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12 noon. As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

John Cleary

Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Talks Entry Level Driver Programs at February Meeting

The room was packed for the February meeting for the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council with many new members in attendance. The transportation is in a state of change again in 2018 and everyone is looking for information to take their teams to the forefront.

Mike Kroetsch of Transportation Safety and Compliance Solutions gave a presentation about Entry Level Drivers and the importance of having a training / mentoring program in place to bring on new drivers in a comfortable and safe way.  The company is based in Kitchener Ontario and helps carriers design programs to help on-board drivers in an effective way. You can learn more about the program by contacting Transportation Safety and Compliance Solutions at www.transportationsafetycs.ca or by calling 519-748-4420.

Discussing entry level driversOther great information discussed at the meeting was legal processes from Jodi Burness, regulatory information from Rick Gladman, and more.

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WOMEN ALONE by Nick Nicholson

I often talk out loud to myself. I find that I get the answers that best suit my desires. But seriously, I’m an old man. I really do it so that I can remember what’s going on.

I particularly advise women to talk out loud to themselves, red van By Bruce Outridgeespecially when driving. Women driving alone are at a far greater risk of falling prey to criminals and thugs so make yourself aware of your surroundings constantly. Get in the habit of reading exit, street signs and landmarks out loud to yourself so that you can remember the last sign if you need to describe where you are. Before heading out on any trip, make sure someone knows your intended route and time expectations. Also, let them know when you arrive.

Make sure your cell phone is always charged before heading out alone and that your Bluetooth is working. A dashboard charger is also a good idea. If you think you are being followed, drive at a normal speed and make a couple of unscheduled turns. If you still think you have a tail, get onto 911 and explain who and where you are, your assumed situation and follow their directions. If you can, drive toward a police station or highly populated location like a service center. Never, ever, try to outrun someone in your car. Drive (O.J. Simpson, White Ford Bronco style) at a normal speed.

Some folks have successfully used blow-up dolls on long trips, reclining in the passenger seat with a baseball hat on, they look like a sleeping companion. When you come to a stop, keep your doors locked and keep the vehicle in gear. Be aware that some car doors unlock automatically when the vehicle is placed in “park”. Observe your surroundings very carefully before unlocking the doors.
The same when you approach your vehicle. Look under, around and beside your vehicle. Clench your keys between your knuckles to use as a weapon should you need it. Know what your door lock remote does. Often one click opens just the driver’s door whereas two clicks unlock all doors. Remember that vans or large vehicles parked beside you can provide a hiding place for abductors.

It is always a good idea to carry a survival kit with you. Dry snacks, bottled water, canned heat with a lighter/match or some form of cold protection. Should you break down, phone your road service and do not accept help from anyone until you’re sure they’re legitimate. Crack your window open slightly to speak to anyone. Stay alert and stay in your car. Do not to get involved in your phone to the point of becoming distracted and keep your radio volume down so that you can hear things going on outside.

Lastly, do not assume that an unmarked vehicle with flashing lights is a police car. If you are not sure and a suspicious looking “police vehicle” tries to pull you over, keep on driving until you can pull over in a well-lit area such as a fuel station. Notify 911. Park as close as you can to the entrance of the kiosk or at a fuel pump and blow the horn. This will attract – and annoy – the attendants, but you will be safe. Should the vehicle following you be genuine police, he/she will approach you. With both your hands at the top of the steering wheel so they can be seen, open the window just enough to speak to them and ask to see their police IDs. Don’t just glance, actually study their ID card – not a badge.

If you are traveling alone then you might be staying alone as well. Certain hotel rules apply. Try to pick an upper-grade motel or hotel.
Don’t advertise your room number. Keep your voice down during any discussion that might identify you are alone. Get a room far from the street or facing an inside court if possible. In addition to ensuring that the door lock works, make sure the chain is on. Some people carry a rubber doorstop in their purse to shove under the door’s edge. Remember to kick it out if there is a fire.

Fire is always a concern. Firefighters recommend their families never go above the 3rd floor in any hotel so that ladders will reach. Know where the fire exits are and plan your escape in multiple directions from your room first.

When you arrive, place your bag so that it props open the door. Then check out the entire room; the closets, bathroom, behind curtains and open doors. If you need to run, the exit door is already open.
Sleep with your windows closed and locked unless you are on an upper floor with no balcony. Never open your door unless you know the person behind it. Sleep with a flashlight. One of these tiny pocket lights stuck in your shoe so that it’s the first thing you touch might be good. Always carry a “Fox 40” or similar whistle. When you leave the room, place a note on the dresser to say where you expect to be and pull the drapes so that an empty room is not identifiable from outside.

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

Sources: OPP – London CDT Conference; Suzan Chala, “Driving in Heels”

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.

https://hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com/?s=old+uncle+nicky

EYEBALLING YOUR RIDE by Nick Nicholson

There are times during your driving career where you will be required to drive through narrow spaces. They can be unnerving to the novice and sometimes, even the experienced driver. Most common instances usually involve construction barriers and equipment sticking out into the lane on either side ahead of you.

One of the early secrets about driving that you should make yourself aware of is to look high when operating a motor vehicle. It does several things, the biggest being, it gives you the overall picture of where you are heading. It provides a wide view of your surroundings, the ability to see into the distance, to see traffic actions of those coming towards or on either side of you as well as the surface of the road ahead. Without specifically looking, your eyes will even catch some of the movement in the mirrors available to you.

I have no idea how many of you have ever flown in the cockpit of an aircraft as it approaches a runway for a landing. The feeling can be scary. Running through your mind is, how is this great big plane going to fit on this little, narrow strip of asphalt on the ground?

There is a particular roadway where I have experienced the same sensation. Perhaps some of you have crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel in Virginia. http://www.cbbt.com/about-us/facts/ Over 20 miles long, you drive on an elevated highway over the sea. At a couple of spots it goes up great heights to allow tall ships to travel underneath and at two other spots, the road travels down, actually going under the water in tunnels so the ships can pass over the top. It’s that slope going down that gives you that same feeling. How am I going to fit into that tiny black hole in the ocean at the end of the highway below? It’s numbered Highway #13 if you happen to be superstitious.

Amazingly, you make it and come out on the other side. If you are on vacation and in a car, you swing off at the far end to a little parking lot where you get out and have a look back across at where you’ve been. The parking lots are small.

There is a small trick to overcoming that unease. In that situation, logic tells you that you are going to fit. All the traffic that has gone before you on that highway has fit so therefore it is big enough for you too. All the logic in the world won’t help you if you don’t know how big the hole is in relation to the size of what you are driving.

Here is the answer. If you don’t think you will fit, come to a safe stop Nick-2015before you reach the narrow point. If, however, things are dynamic as they often are when you are driving and you need to squeeze into a rapidly closing space, look up. Whether your vehicle actually fits or it doesn’t, you’ll have the best chance of centering the vehicle into the hole by looking up. If you whack the sides, you’ll whack both equally and have the best chance of staying straight while careening through.

By looking up, your brain automatically figures out where the center of the hole is and you’ll aim for it. Keep your eyes up and never look at either edge because you will likely drive into and hit that edge if you do. If the hole is actually big enough, you will probably squeeze through. If not, you may take the outside edges off the sides of your vehicle but the majority should travel through the center of the hole providing you with the best possible chance of survival. Of course, there are no guarantees!

So many things can be in play here. If the hole has been created by other vehicles, they will also likely still be moving and whatever has the most size, force and weight usually come out the winner. Regardless, always keep steering afterward and stay in your vehicle until everything has come to a complete stop!

Where I began here, was talking about construction barriers, the most common narrow restricted area we come across. Chances are that those barriers will be wide enough to fit your vehicle. As you approach, back-off increasing your space-cushion ahead and while traveling through, keep your eyes up and your vehicle will stay centered. Let nothing else distract you.

Some of those narrow single lane construction areas bounded by concrete barriers can go on for miles. Keep concentrating on your driving and keep your eyes up. You’ll likely be just fine.

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.

https://hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com/?s=old+uncle+nicky

Study of Truck Parking and Rest Areas in Southern Ontario

A study by SPR Associates, in collaboration with organizations representing trucking companies,
drivers and owner-operators, to provide advice to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Ted Harvey is once again looking for the assistance of the Fleet Safety Council in regards to the above study as outlined below. Please feel free to forward his message to fleet operator members in your respective chapters.

MTO Truck Driver Survey – for Pen & Paper Completion – Jan 26 2018

BOOM – Gasoline / Static Spark

In most cases, the majority of family automobiles today still run on gasoline. Gasoline is a highly flammable substance when it vaporizes. I’m sure you have observed from time to time, particularly in hot weather, visible vapours rising from the area where the filler hose fits into the gas tank spout. Gasoline is a relatively safe product as long as it is kept away from heat or a spark.

Fire requires three things. Fuel, air and a source of ignition, either heat or heat via a spark. As it relates to your local gas station, the most common source of spark comes from static electricity.
Those of you old enough to remember will recall chains hanging down touching the ground from the back of fuel trucks. You would hear the jingle and see them spark all the way down the street. The purpose of the chain? To remove the static charge built up in the truck body from movement and the sloshing of the fuel inside the tank. Around airports, you’ll still see static lines connected between tank trucks and aircraft while fuelling. Today, tires are constructed differently than in yesteryear and these, alone, have enough conductivity to remove the static charge.

I have witnessed two fires at gas stations in my lifetime. Once, when Nick-2015I was a child of ten or so, I spent an overnight at a friend’s house which happened to be located on the side of a very steep hill. Fifty or sixty feet below us was another street with multiple businesses. Among those businesses was a gas station. Awakened from a deep sleep by a loud explosion, we jumped out of bed and ran to the window to see the gas station on fire directly below us. Huge flames would shoot into the air as each successive underground tank caught fire. I remember the local volunteer fire department ignoring the gas station in efforts to save the surrounding buildings. I’m not sure …… there might have been an ulterior motive…… the building next door was the town’s only liquor store. Anyway, the booze was saved but, the gas station was a goner!

The other occasion was a little later in life when I was pumping gas for a living. People my age used to do that, you know, check your oil and clean your windshield too. A customer slid in off the street in fresh snow while applying his brakes. With the front wheels locked up and going too fast for conditions, he ploughed into the first gas dispenser and snapped it off its mounting. A fire erupted and the guy scrambled to get out of his car and run. We had that fire out long before the firefighters arrived. So, neither one of those fires within my own experience originated by static. There have, however, been some bad ones.

Gas stations have come a long way over the years. Today, they build in as many safeguards as is practical. For instance, all gas dispensers are manufactured with non-sparking “break-away” fittings coming from the tanks below. An automatic closing device seals off the exit pipe just below the break-away point. This prevents any fire from entering the underground tank.

In both of these cases, relatively small amounts of gasoline are contained inside either the dispenser piping or the hose. A properly maintained, fully charged and correctly used fire extinguisher should snuff out any resulting fire.

The same applies to dispenser hoses. They have “break-away” fittings, designed to snap off at the base of the pump when somebody drives away with the nozzle still stuck in the tank. It happens quite frequently. Nozzles are made of non-sparking metal and most have automatic shut-off devices built right in. You’ll note that, for years, you haven’t seen one of those little metal clips that once kept your nozzle pumping automatically. These devices are built in, or in this case, removed for your safety.

Getting back to the static charge, friction is usually the source and it can give you anguish. If you get out of your vehicle, be sure to close the metal door with your bare hand while standing on the ground. Once at the dispenser, pump the gas completely replacing the hose and gas cap without getting or reaching back into the car. Those moves, in that order, discharge the static from you or your clothing as you step out and keep the spark away from the vapours.
People can get into trouble when they reach back into the car for something, pick up more static and then return to the nozzle positioned in the tank with the fuel door open. You’ll not likely see them but, fumes are present right at that fuel door. Your first touch transfers the spark. BOOM !!!

Referring to that car door, actually grasp the door snugly with your fingers each time as you step onto the ground so you don’t feel the spark. It is highly unlikely that you will ever be involved in a gas station fire however, it’s smart to remain alert and aware of the hazards while at the gasoline pumps. Life has no guarantees.
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.

https://hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com/?s=old+uncle+nicky

Thinking Safety by Nick Nicholson

If you follow along with my regular posts you’ll find that my recommendations often use the words “think safety”. What does that mean or, more to the point, how is it done?

Our brains work in similar but often, very different ways. A lot of it comes from the experiences we have dealt with in our lifetime. I think back to playing a parlour game with our grandchildren. The instructions were to draw a tank. After several minutes of Grandpa looking very stupid, unable to come up with the solution, I discovered why.

In my mind, a tank is a heavy tracked vehicle with a gun turret out Nick-2015front used by military forces to fire artillery shells. The kids had this nice simple drawing of a boxy thing with rounded corners. “You know Grandpa, like a toilet tank”. That was within their experience but, I wasn’t thinking on their level.

Usually, I’m talking about the driving of wheeled vehicles and I have an expectation that my audience is also made up of experienced drivers. Unfortunately, everybody’s experience is different. In addition, every vehicle is different. Compare driving a tiny Smart Fortwo car to a tractor-trailer unit hauling forty-five tons of steel coils – “suicide”.

So where should your thinking begin and end. It begins, as we learned in a recent article long before you get into the vehicle. It begins in the planning stages of each trip whether it is going to California or to the corner store. A danger exists in both cases and far more people have died going short, local distances. I’m willing to bet that you would do more planning for a trip to California than you would driving to the mailbox if you did any planning at all for the latter. Would you even put on your shoes or your seatbelt? Would you think to grab your driver’s license or tell your spouse where you were going? Yet, this is where the real bad ones happen ….. on your doorstep. The thinking should never end.

I have been extremely lucky, and I suppose luck’s a good part of it, to have been able to keep the shiny side up and run in between the lines while driving during my lifetime. That’s not to say that I haven’t made mistakes but, for the most part, not serious ones. Mistakes should become a learning experience.

While driving a vehicle, any vehicle, you are making constant judgment calls. In one Defensive Driving Course, there is a statement that an airline pilot makes approximately forty-six judgment calls per minute. You, as a driver, make over two hundred while on the highway. You don’t have an auto-pilot. These are made up of eye movements, slight corrections with hands and feet, decisions, reactions and deeds utilizing the body’s senses. This is where your past experiences come into play. It is definitely no place for a cell phone!

Each and every move that you make, or do not make, has a consequence. Your thinking, while driving, must consider how things work, what actions are going to produce specific results and how they are going to fit the dynamics of your particular vehicle. If you are already sliding (locked wheels) and you don’t take your foot off the brake allowing the front wheels to steer, you know you’re heading in the same direction until you hit something. That’s thinking, utilizing past experience.

Preventative thinking is another aspect. What makes sense to you? I once heard of a smart aleck telling a lady to drive her motorhome as fast and as hard as she could coming down the Alaska Highway. Apparently, she did as she was instructed and the rough roads wrecked the motorhome. Literally, shook it apart.

There are certain circumstances where thinking needs to be part of our driving. We ponder intersections, curves, hills, snow, wet leaves, the slope of the road and so on with thought to some planning. The crunch comes when things unexpected happen. As drivers, we must think about and plan for escape routes. You have fractions of a second to decide and the faster you are going, the smaller those fractions become.

I would love to be able to advise you on safety techniques for every situation but we know that would fill a book. You know the thousands of circumstances that can apply each mile that you drive. Road conditions, kids, animals, falling parts and pieces, insecure loads, pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles and the list goes on forever. Your thinking must include all these possibilities and you should be doing the thinking long before you run into the situation. Have multiple plans, learn avoidance techniques and be ready to act in a fraction of a second.
Follow the basic Smith System accepted principles of safe driving; 1 – Aim high; 2 – See the big picture; 3 – Keep your eyes moving; 4 – Leave yourself an out, and 5 – Make sure they see you.

Keep your people safe.

About the Author

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

https://hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com/?s=old+uncle+nicky

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