Recap of the Fleet Safety Conference 2018

Did you miss the Fleet Safety Conference in October 2018? If so here is a quick recap completed by The Lead Pedal Podcast. Want to improve the safety of your workplace? Join a Fleet Safety Council Chapter near you. You can learn more about upcoming events, conferences, and chapters at www.fleetsafetycouncil.com.

About The Lead Pedal Podcast

The Lead Pedal Podcast offers a positive voice for truck drivers in the transportation industry with career and business information. The Lead Pedal Podcast is a show for those in the trucking industry wanting to improve their trucking careers or businesses. What does The Lead Pedal Podcast mean? The Lead (pronounced “Led”) stands for acceleration or fast-track of your career. It is a play on words and we certainly are not here promoting speeding in the industry. We are hoping this information will help you become a professional driver faster than if you didn’t know about many of these topics. The interviews, information, features and other items that are meant to be helpful for drivers and those in the trucking industry. We are not here to wine and complain about the industry but aim to offer positive ways to create a successful trucking career. Professional truck drivers work for good carriers, good carriers treat drivers better, pay better, and therefore have good careers. Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode at www.theleadpedalpodcast.com

John Oldfield Talks Transportation Contracts at Nov 2018 Meeting

Industry veteran John Oldfield talked insurance contracts yesterday at the November meeting for the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Chapter. Oldfield not only talked contracts but the Driver Inc issue currently going on in the industry. You can learn more about John Oldfield and Dalton Timmis Insurance at www.daltontimmis.com

Join us for our next meeting on December 20, 2018

There will be no speaker next month but members are encouraged to bring in their top safety 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

John Oldfield talks Transportation Contracts at HFSC November Meeting

John Oldfield of Dalton Timmis Insurance will be our guest at the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council meeting on November 27th, 2018 in Grimsby Ontario talking about the pitfalls of transportation contracts and what to look out for. Join us for the meeting which will start at 9:00am.

Johnny Oldfield

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

Vickie deVos Launches iMVR at Annual Conference

Our own Vickie deVos of Fleet-Tax Services has launched a new venture in addition to her current company called iMVR.  The new company offers virtual reality training for the transportation industry allowing for more engaged training for drivers and safety trainers.  You can learn more about iMVR on their website at www.imvr.ca and you can learn more about the training through the video below. Congratulations to Vickie and her team on their new venture.

Virtual Training from iMVR at www.imvr.ca

Hamilton Members have strong showing at Annual Conference

Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Members were in strong attendance at the 27th Annual Fleet Safety Council Conference on October 19th, 2018 in Mississauga. The conference has been toted as one of the best conferences yet. Congratulations to the conference team. Below are some pictures from the event. Make sure you join in for this sold out event next year.

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

DriverCheck Presents on Cannabis in the Workplace

DriverCheck’s Chris Wilkinson presented on drugs and alcohol in the workplace and important information for the safety of with upcoming legalization of Cannabis on October 17th. If you would like to learn more about protecting the workers in your workplace please visit www.drivercheck.ca. For those members that missed the presentation you can find an overview and meeting minutes on our meeting minutes page on the website. Below are some documents to with information on dealing with workplace policies.

Fleet Safety Council 26th Conference

Ontario Human Rights Commissions Policy on drug and alcohol testing_revised_2016_-3

Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Policy on Alcohol and Drug Testing, 2009-1 copy

Join us October 25th as our speaker will be Jodi Burness, Burness Paralegal Services:  presenting on Top Principles that Fleets Need to Know.

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 Fleet Safety Council Chapter Receives Certificate for Special Olympic Support

The Hamilton Fleet Safety Council  supports causes close to their heart and one of those causes is the Special Olympics. With many of the members of the Hamilton Chapter they chose the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics as this years charity by sponsoring a silver level sponsorship. The convoy raised over $75,000 for athletes of the Special Olympics. Thank you Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council for your support. You can learn more about the convoy at www.truckconvoy.ca

Truck Convoy Certificate

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

Fleet Safety Council Announces 2018 Conference Registration

The Fleet Safety Council has opened registration for the 2018 Fleet Safety Council Conference. Tickets sold out last year so register early.

Check out the Agenda and Registration Below:

2018 Fleet Council Education Conference-Registration

2018 Fleet Council Education Conference-Registration_Page_1

Check out the Fleet Safety Council Website for more information.

Promoting Safety within the Transportation Industry

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