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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

Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Has Full House for September Meeting

The meeting was packed yesterday as the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Chapter met for the first time after their Summer break. New Chair Person Vickie DeVos led the meeting with Vice Chair Brian Lemoine closing it after a successful presentation and discussion.

Sept 2019 board picture

Topics discussed include a legal update from Jodi Burness, updates on the conference in October and information about nominations for the Ken Howell award. A presentation by Todd Moore of ISB Global services rounded out the meeting. It’s not too late to join the chapter and keep your workplace safe.

Todd Moore-ISB

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

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

Charlie Charalambous Talks Driver Verification Strategies at Hamilton Fleet Safety Council Meeting

Charlie Charalambous of ISB / MEE shared strategies on qualifying drivers and strategies for verifying documents. Fraudulent documents are rampant within the industry so have a way of verifying the documents. You can learn more about ISB/MEE at www.isbmee.com

Also discussed in the meeting was employment changes coming up in September, updates on safety regulations and speeding violations with Jodi Burness.

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

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

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

HOW ARE THE STEAKS AND SHISH KABOBS THIS SUMMER?

Well, the season is well underway and I actually have the BBQ out for the first time in three years. Nope, I cleaned out the tubes and left the lid open so there were no big bangs in my neighbourhood. Let’s talk propane for a minute.

  • The BBQ bottle, lift truck or house trailer outside mounted cylinder.
  • The secured enclosed bottle in the trunk of a car. (Black diamond sticker)
  • The underslung tank, usually on a van/cookhouse, motorhome, etc.
  • The industrial tank often found at farms.
  • Automotive fuel – exterior bottom mounted vehicle tank. (Blue dated windshield sticker)

Propane is the safest of the liquid fuels. To explode, it needs to be enclosed with air and a spark.

Re Google: rv life propane system explode
http://rvdailyreport.com/owner/rv-life-can-a-propane-system-explode-and-kill-you/

I watched the film in the above article from one of my RV sources. Every time I see the media stick the word “explode” in relation to propane, I am outraged.

You read this heading and most of you get all excited with the FEAR of propane. That spreads and catches on really quickly and fear is killing businesses. The world has an unfounded, unnecessary, fear of propane.

Propane is safer than the gasoline your car runs on or you let your kid run your lawnmower/snowblower with. Here is the fallacy. You read the article (and at almost any fire where propane MIGHT be involved) you see the media exploit the word “explode”. Watch this film. I didn’t see any explosion here.

The fire in the film, probably caused by smoking, something hot against fabric inside or electrical. Propane was not involved in this fire. Here’s how I know:

Propane tanks on a motorhome are slung underneath the vehicle. Nick-2015There is no flooring below them, therefore, a propane fire would burn from underneath, not above or inside to begin with. Unless obstructed, it would likely be one long intense flame going in one direction. A propane fire burns exactly like a butane lighter. Propane is heavier than air and therefore, goes to ground. It does not spread on the ground like gasoline. Propane will not burn if the mixture with air is less than 2.2% or more than 9.7 %. It needs to be enclosed to mix and combine with the air, like in a garage or building, to “explode” as it fills up from the bottom. When it reaches the right mixture it needs a spark.

Like the butane lighter, a propane fire comes from a single location and continues burning from that location until it runs out of fuel. The higher the inside pressure, the longer the flame.

Now, let’s say a fire burns material underneath the propane tank heating up the propane inside. Every propane tank has safety plugs built into the bottom of them. They are designed to be weaker than the 3/8″ steel the tank is made of and blow when the pressure builds up too greatly. Of what material and thickness are your gasoline tanks made? Scissors will do!

This releases the propane, again in a giant rush, therefore, unlikely to reach the proper burning percentage. It blows like a white fog and dissipates quickly. By the way, when those safety plugs blow, it will look like an explosion because the propulsion will lift and throw the tank. BBQ bottles/cylinders, because they are lighter, can be thrown as much as 3 miles.

The guy’s comment in the film: “5-minutes and they haven’t got a hose on that yet”. Firefighters will not try to put out a propane fire. Notice where they positioned their first trucks in this film? Nowhere near the front or back of that RV and out of range of a flying tank. For propane fires, they send a fine spray of water on the tank to cool it to make it less likely to rupture and keep the safety plugs from blowing. They generally let all the fuel burn/escape and protect the surrounding areas.

I couldn’t tell you how many years ago it was now, but a propane tanker caught fire near where the toll booths once were on the Burlington Skyway Bridge. It burned for hours but, all the Hamilton Fire Dept. did was continue to spray a fine stream of water on to cool it. It eventually burned out, they replaced the asphalt and re-opened the highway.

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

ARE YOU AN OSTRICH?

What in the world is Nicky talking about this time? When people say someone has their head buried in the sand, they are claiming that the person is ignoring obvious facts or refusing to accept advice, hoping that simply denying the existence of a problem will make it go away. The ostrich doesn’t really do that ……. just dumb people we see frequently on our highways!

As most of you know, my belief is that the most important safety Nick-2015precaution while driving is keeping an adequate “space cushion” between you and the vehicle ahead. You know, at least three seconds between the back of the vehicle ahead and your front bumper if you’re in a car. Increase that distance for weather, trucks, buses and larger vehicles. That rule does so much more to provide a safety net for you.

When you can see far enough ahead to recognize that traffic is slowing down, it gives you the opportunity to reduce your speed with it and stay back far enough, not to crash, as well as, slowing down enough that the vehicle behind can also gradually decrease speed without hitting you.

So many people follow too close. Day after day we watch motorists, doing 120 kph, follow each other with about 25 feet or 7.62 meters behind the vehicle ahead. If you can see about three or four hundred feet ahead, you may be alright because you have a chance to see brake lights coming on at that distance. If it’s a van style truck in-front-of you, that you can’t see around, you haven’t got a chance.

red van By Bruce Outridge

So, where are their brains? For some reason, most humans figure that they are smarter than the other guy. Those that drive in the far left, or far right lanes, think they have a way out. No problem! If that guy jams on his brakes, I’ll just slide down the space to the left (or right) of traffic and be able to safely stop there. WRONG! Everybody else is thinking exactly the same thing and will be over there, piled up with you.

Furthermore, those vehicles ahead already crashing are going sideways into those vacant spaces that you hoped to use.

Concentrating on looking through the rear windows and front windows of the vehicles ahead is another one. Yep, you can generally see through the windows of the first car ahead but, beyond that, you cannot gauge how much or how fast traffic is slowing when looking through that glass.

I spoke about a “van style” truck. Tractor-trailer, a straight job, or cube van, they are all the same. At three hundred feet (92 m) ahead of you when going 100kph, you can see around them. You can see cross traffic blowing through a stop sign. You can see a child chasing a ball into traffic. You can see obstructions still ahead of them on the shoulder that you know they will have to go around. You can make adjustments for the lit-up emergency vehicles and towing units ahead. Gain speed on that van and it becomes closer. The closer it gets, the less you can see of those hazards. Think about those flatbed tow trucks with the sharp edge just in-front-of your windshield. What a way to lose your (and your passenger’s) head! Swift decapitation. – not nice for anybody.

Do you know the thing about driving three-seconds behind the other guy? You are traveling at exactly the same speed as he is. Those that get frustrated driving behind you will pass, and when they do, they will get just as frustrated with him and pass him too. Did you ever watch the rapid lane changers? As I said, everybody thinks they are the smartest.

If you are currently one of those drivers I talked about earlier, you’re going to find that 3-seconds seems like a long time. Believe me, it’s not. If you try it and then do it consistently, you will find a whole new driving world opens up to you. One of relaxation, comfort, and calmness about your driving. You will be able to see so much more, have time to make choices and have the most information going into any situation.

Yes, they will jump into spots ahead of you but, they generally leave very soon after, either exiting the highway or passing the guy ahead.

I always asked my students to practice this method for 33 days in a row. A dumb number, I know but, long enough for it to become a habit. A habit you’ll likely stick to for the rest of your life. Depending on your ethnic background, there are people you never want to get overly close too. Most North Americans want to stand about a foot and a half or two feet away from others. It’s the same thing here. You’ll never feel safe again following closer than this margin you’ve set for yourself.

One piece of advice: as you will seldom have to “hard brake” with this method, always be prepared for that fast action when it is needed.

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