Viewing posts from: July 2016

Managing Agribusiness Risk: Tank Maintenance Practices

Posted July 26, 2016 by Administrator

Agribusiness InsuranceOperating in the agribusiness industry often requires you to store hazardous material on your property. Whether it’s petroleum, fertilizer or chemicals in large tanks, you run significant risks should a leak ever occur. Adhering to well-organized maintenance practices can dramatically reduce the incidence and extent of leakage, saving your business time and money while preserving your reputation.

Inspecting the Seams – Tanks often develop leaks along the seams. They may be small and difficult to see at first but then the seam will rupture and the resulting leak can cause severe damage to soil and ground water. Routine inspection of tank seams will help you see when it is time to reinforce or replace a tank.

Inspect the Valves – Another common area where leaks occur is at the valves. Valves are turned frequently, the wear and tear of the consistent use can cause threads to strip, and leaks may occur. Frequent inspection and lubrication of the valves will extend their usefulness and prevent the possibility of leaks. Lubricating the valves can help prevent them from seizing, another common cause of leaks. If a valve freezes and an employee has to break it free, then the damage to the valve may cause it to leak or burst.

Inspect the Pipe Lines – Pipelines and hoses are another possible trouble spot for leaks. They can become brittle in severe cold or they may become damaged when they are run over or struck. Sometimes lines and hoses develop pinhole leaks, which will leech into the soil for a long period before the damage is noticed. Frequent inspection of all pipelines and hoses will allow you to change out the damaged lines and reduce the chance of a leak developing.

When a tank ruptures, it can cause financial and environmental damage. However, not all leaks occur because of a rupture in the tank. Inspecting the seams, valves, lines and hoses will help you prevent some leaks before they occur and reduce the risk of contaminating the soil or local water supply. To learn more about agribusiness risk management, contact us.

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DOT delays online carrier registration system implementation until January

Posted July 21, 2016 by Erin

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed the final implementation of its Unified Registration System until Jan. 14, 2017.

Kelly Regal, FMCSA associate administrator of research and information technology, said the agency is updating its IT systems and migrating existing data to new servers, which is causing the delay from the previous implementation date of Sept. 30.

Since the first phase of the URS was implemented in December, new applicants for registration have been required to use the new streamlined online form. Existing carriers were supposed to begin using the system to do their biannual updates, name changes and transfers of authority on Sept. 30, but now won’t be able to use the system until the January 2017 implementation.

In addition to existing carriers beginning to use the system in January, new carrier applicants will be required to have proof of insurance in place on this date. Existing carriers will have a 90-day grace period until April 14, 2017, to file their proof of insurance.

Regal said in a conference call Wednesday that since URS launched for new applicants in December, FMCSA estimates cost savings of $1.6 million in processing time for the industry. She added that 62,000 new DOT numbers have been issued since the launch of the new system, and more than 340,000 dormant DOT numbers have been removed from the database.

 

Read the full story from CCJ here.  

Article written by Matt Cole and originally published on ccjdigital.com

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Look to the Cloud to Plan Your Routes

Posted July 19, 2016 by Administrator

At Cline Wood we devote our blog to keeping transportation businesses up to date on the latest news, compliance rulings, and industry trends. In 2016, efficiency is the key to staying competitive. If you use mobile applications to help monitor driver performance and create efficient routes for your deliveries, you may be interested to know that many companies offer an even faster alternative. Cloud-based route planning is now a viable alternative for businesses that want improved reporting functions, feedback evaluations and continuous improvement.

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Cloud-based route planning offers you many benefits, including:

  • Efficiency
  • Economy of scale
  • Phenomenal customer service
  • Real time visibility
  • Multiple waves of delivery
  • Electronic proof of delivery
  • Competitive advantage

If you have large geographical delivery zones you will find that cloud-based route planning is even more efficient then planning routes with mobile applications. You will also be able track loads better, even when a route includes multiple transfers along the way.

If you can offer your customers improved logistic solutions, such as cloud-based route planning, you will have an advantage over your competitors while lowering the overall costs of each delivery.

And you don’t have to be a large commercial fleet to take advantage of cloud-based route planning software. Many offerings are now scalable, allowing companies to select the services that will best suit your needs.

Increased visibility in your route planning decreases company risk. Contact Cline Wood today to learn other ways you can reduce risk and your insurance rates.

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Millennials and Agribusiness May Be a Winning Combination

Posted July 13, 2016 by Administrator

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It may be that millennials can help solve many of the problems currently facing the agribusiness industry, including the driver shortage. The diversity of this generation now taking over the US workforce may help agribusinesses attain and hold their competitive advantage.

Diversity Attracts Top Talent

A recent study by groups such as the UCLA Study for the Center for Inequality found that:

  • Businesses that are ethnically diverse are 35% more likely to have better financial returns
  • Businesses that have gender diversity are 15% more likely to have better financial returns
  • Minorities in the US grew 37% in 2014
  • 44% of Millennials identify themselves as a minority
  • 38% of Millennials are bi-lingual

With millennials becoming the largest generation in the workforce, their importance will only increase as baby boomers retire. This diverse group can help companies prove that they truly equal opportunity employers. Diversity and tolerance help to create better workplaces, which in turn attracts employees who are at the top of their respective fields.

As with many industries, agribusiness is currently facing a driver shortage. Companies are doing whatever they can in order to attract and retain qualified employees. When this candidate search includes ethnic minorities, the company gains a reputation as being a fair and progressive organization.

To learn more about the latest in agribusiness news, contact the experts at Cline Wood.

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Distracted Walking Can Lead to More Crashes

Posted July 6, 2016 by Administrator

shutterstock_204934576 - CopyThe issues with distracted driving plagues the owners of commercial fleets. When their drivers and other motorists try to text and drive they can be the cause of multi-vehicle crashes, putting everyone on the road at risk. But what businesses may not be aware of is the risk caused by distracted walking.

Whether you manage a fleet of business vehicles or commercial trucks, you need to teach your drivers to be aware of the fact that pedestrians may not be paying attention to traffic and your employees need to be more vigilant.

4th of July Dangers

These dangers increase for holiday weekends. A record breaking 43 million Americans are expected to be traveling for 4th of July and 84% of them will be driving to their destination. More people on US highways leads to more problems as texting, surfing and other distracted driving habits increase the risk of a crash.

Increased Number of Pedestrians

When these motorists reach their destinations and get out of their vehicles they still present a hazard to drivers of your commercial fleet. Cities that are considered walkable, such as New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and San Francisco will be inundated with additional pedestrians spending their vacation at popular destinations.

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) warns that distracted walking is as hazardous as distracted driving. Pedestrians transfixed by their mobile devices take longer to cross a street and may not be paying attention as they walk. If they are still trying to text while they are in the middle of an intersection they may not realize the light has changed and they are now a hazard to motorists.

An increase in distracted behavior, a record number of motorists and an increase it pedestrian tourists can make for hazardous conditions for your truckers and employees. Make sure your business is covered by contacting the experts at Cline Wood today.

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