Viewing posts from: September 2015

Rule to require e-logs pushed back: Here’s latest projected date

Posted September 28, 2015 by Erin

A Final Rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices has been delayed a month, according to a report released this week by the Department of Transportation. The rule is now forecasted to be published Oct. 30.

The rule will take effect two years following its publication, the date by which fleets, owner-operators and drivers must be using electronic logging devices that satisfy the rule’s requirements.

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Proactive Maintenance to Prevent Tank Leakage

Posted September 22, 2015 by Administrator

shutterstock_92604382 - CopyWhen you own a commercial agricultural business, you often have to store hazardous material on your property. You may need to keep petroleum, fertilizer or chemicals in large tanks, running the risk of environmental damage from leakage. However, if you follow some basic maintenance tips, you can prevent tank leakage, save your business time and money, and preserve 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. If you are interested in learning more about agribusiness risk management, read more or call us at 888-451-3900.

FASTPORT Truck Driver Appreciation Video

Posted September 16, 2015 by Administrator

National truck driver appreciation week is upon us. Many think of the transportation industry as mundane or a nuisance. In fact transportation is not only a diverse and thriving industry, but one that we all depend on. Without transportation professionals, our goods (and people) wouldn’t get where they need to go. Our entire way of life would collapse in a day. This moving video from FASTPORT quickly and profoundly conveys just how much we rely on the transportation industry, and how important these professionals are to our daily lives. To view the video, click the thumbnail below. And a big thanks to all the drivers and support staff around the country!

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Webinar – The Impact of Accident Event Recording Technology on Transportation Businesses

Posted September 14, 2015 by Administrator

Truck InsuranceStudies show that Accident Event Recorders save lives and protect your trucking company’s most valuable assets – your drivers and passengers. This technology has proven to enhance driving skills and help correct risky behaviors, before these habits result in serious accidents. Join us for this educational webinar as subject matter expert Trevor Schmidt reviews accident event recording technology, and explains how video expedites claims and mitigates costly litigation. Key topics include:

  • Impact of Accident Event Recording Technology on Trucking Businesses
  • Utilizing Video to Enhance Driving Skills & Correct Risky Behaviors
  • How AER Technology Expedites Claims & Mitigates Litigation
  • How to Evaluate Recording Options for Your Trucking Company

Date & Time: Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

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Top 10 States for hours-of-service violations

Posted September 9, 2015 by Erin


As a primer for some more in-depth reporting on FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program set to be published later this month, here’s a look at the 10 states with the most hours-of-service violations:




Loading Animals Safely for Transport

Posted September 8, 2015 by Administrator

livestock imageWhen you are loading livestock for auction, fair or other reason you need to have a safety plan in place. Animals startle easy, can become stubborn or injure themselves during the loading process if you aren’t prepared. Here are some tips to make sure you can make the loading easier for you and safer for the animals.

Pick the Right Time to Load

Early in the morning and late at night are two prime times for loading livestock. It is cooler, quieter and the animals tend to be more relaxed during those periods. You will also want to check the weather report because storms may startle the animals or make them restless, which can create a dangerous loading situation.

Observe the Animals First

You will want to segregate and observe the animals you want to transport before loading. This will help you notice any injuries or if the animal is behaving as though it is ill. If the animal is unwell, you will want to remove it from the area and have a vet treat it as soon as possible.

You also need to gage the animal’s mood to determine if it is relaxed or agitated. Trying to load an animal that is scared or stressed risks injury to you or the animal, instead you will want to do what you can to calm the animal and load the other livestock first.

Let the Docile Lead the Way

Hitting a stubborn animal will only increase its agitation and you run the risk of it injuring you in its efforts to get away. Focus on the docile animals first as this will make the other animals more willing to follow the lead animal.

Calm Environment

You need to reduce the amount of confusion and noise during the loading process. Any sudden noise or movement can startle even a docile animal and cause it to balk. You will also want to make sure you clean the area along the path you will be taking to the transport to reduce the chance of slipping and injury.

Transporting livestock doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. If you have a safety plan in place and do what you can to keep the animals calm, you will be able to load them without loss due to injury. If you are interested in learning more about agribusiness risk management, read more or call us at 888-451-3900.

Alternative Work Availability to Help Employees Return After Injury

Posted September 1, 2015 by Administrator

shutterstock_250505056 - CopyWorkers Compensation for trucking companies can be expensive in several ways. Businesses need to replace the injured employee until they are available to return to work and work related injuries can increase insurance costs. One way to help decrease expenses is by creating alternative positions for injured workers.

Light Duty Options

Depending on the injury, some employees may not be able to return to their full duties but may be able to perform lighter tasks, such as a filing position, dispatch or loading management. By having alternative positions available, you will reduce the time the employee receives workers compensation and can transition them to their original position when they are ready.

Communication is Key

Companies who create alternative work policies need to communicate with both the employee and the employee’s physician. If the employee knows that they may be able to return to work sooner, they will inform their doctor who can help them determine work restrictions.

The company needs to be aware of the employee’s restrictions and work with the physician to help create a position that will allow the doctor to release the patient to go back to work.

By coordinating with the employee and the doctor, the company may be able to help an employee return to work weeks or months sooner than they would originally be able to. This helps the company reduce costs and lets the employee receive a full paycheck instead of relying on workers compensation benefits.

Employees Want to Return to Work

Often employees don’t want to stay at home until they are released from a doctor’s care; however, companies can’t risk re-injury if the employees push themselves to return to work before they are ready. Offering alternative work options will help workers understand they don’t have to wait until they are fully healed and can aim for shorter rehabilitation.

Working with the employee benefits the worker and the company. Consider how you can create alternative positions in order to reduce workers compensation. To learn more about transportation safety, risk reduction and best practices, contact us.

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