Recently, OPP laid charges against truckers during 24-hour blitz and on- going blitzes are expected.
Police partnered with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and stopped a total of 1,692 trucks and laid 697 charges. Some of the charges included speeding, defective equipment, distracted driving, unsafe lane changes and carrying insecure loads.
Police say they took 63 trucks out of service as a result of the blitz.
The Ontario Trucking Association said, however, that there was a 66 per cent decrease in the fatality rate of large truck collisions between 1995 and 2014, despite a 75 per cent rise in large truck vehicle registrations.
“It’s a reflection of the overall commitment (to safety) by management and professional truck drivers,” association president Stephen Laskowski said. “We’re one of the few industries that shares its workplace with the motoring public and we accept that responsibility, and we work towards excellence in terms of road safety.”
Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance company said in an internal memo sent to driving instructors, that a mandatory training plan should be in place by next year.
The memo from Saskatchewan Government Insurance said details are still being worked out, but the curriculum is to include at least 70 hours of training in the classroom, yard and behind the wheel. The SGI has been working with the industry ad training schools and the company has commended Ontario’s approach.
In Ontario, drivers must undergo a minimum of 103.5 hours of mandatory training. Drivers must be able to show they can handle a loaded truck on major highways before they can get their licences.
At Canada Heavy Equipment College, we go above and beyond the minimum requirements with 200 hours of classroom, yard and behind the wheel training.
Alberta Transportation has reviewed Ontario’s model and is preparing options for minister Brian Mason to consider, ministry spokesman Graeme McElheran said. “Alberta Transportation officials and industry stakeholders agree that mandatory training for commercial drivers needs to be effective, affordable and accessible,” McElheran said in a statement. “We need a program that is going to enhance safety without creating insurmountable obstacles for industry.”
We all know education is important when it comes to our careers, but while some think that a 4-year College degree or University is the only answer, is that really true? There are alternatives to look at when it’s time to build a foundation for your career like a private career college.
A career training class can give you the skills to start earning good money quickly and build a successful career with it. The right career from a career training school can match and exceed college graduate earnings as well, without the years spent on learning to get you there.
Taking a short-term career training school course doesn’t just benefit financially either, for many of us it can simply be a better learning environment. Classes are smaller, not only meaning more attention from instructors, but can simply be a less intimidating environment that helps people flourish and achieve their potential. Not everyone suits the college environment. Courses also mix classroom study with hands-on training, and this again can be a better fit for many people, who find they learn more, much easier, in this kind of approach.
The other thing such hands-on training does is better prepare you for the work environment, and this is an area where it has a tangible advantage over colleges. For those taking their first steps in a new career, having practical experience of that working environment can be incredibly valuable, not just to you as a worker, but the employer too. The transition from student to employee is not straightforward, and having practical experience from a career training school, like Canada Heavy Equipment College can make it a much easier process.
With a career as a truck driver or heavy equipment operator, you don’t have to wait four years, with a short term career college course measured in weeks rather than years that give you in-demand skills, you can be earning money sooner rather than later, and with great earning potential.
It doesn’t matter where you look in Ontario, it seems there is construction projects going on everywhere. The City of Toronto has unveiled its construction season to-do list, outlining more than $720 million in projects designed to improve the city’s aging infrastructure. Of more than 200 projects, 60 are considered “major” initiatives as reported by The Toronto Star.
“Like last year, 2018 is going to be a busy year on our roads for construction,” Robinson, who is the chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, said in a statement. “This is critical work that needs to be done. We need to make sure that we’re renewing our aging infrastructure to improve the quality of our network of roads, bridges, sewers and water mains.”
Now is the time to make a career change and get the training needed for a growing industry. There is money to be made in this field. Heavy Equipment Operators make anywhere from $20 - $44 /hr plus many include great pensions and benefits.
More and more job postings on sites like Indeed are requiring Heavy Equipment Operator Certificates to apply for positions. Company owners are realizing the importance of having trained, safe operators on their sites.
Websites like Kijiji, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are easy ways to sell your unwanted items. However, it is necessary to make sure you stay safe when buying or selling online.
It may only be 1 or 2 per cent out there that are coming to size up your house instead of just coming to look at a couch you have for sale. It is important to be smart and safe.
Here are some tips to help keep you safe:
Meet in a public place – Whenever possible meet in a public place. Coffee shops, restaurants, parking lots or the mall. Many police stations now have designated spots for exchanges.
The seller should be in control of the situation – It should be up to the seller to choose the location and the protocol, not the buyer.
Get as much information as possible – Sellers should always arrange to speak with the potential buyer over the phone ahead of the meet up. If they seem suspicious in any way, walk away. As an added precaution write down their licence plate number when they arrive.
Get payment in cash – Kijiji recommends getting payments in cash since cheques and digital payments can be faked.
Tell someone or bring someone – Let a friend or family member know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. If possible bring someone with you.
It is important to use common sense and if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The Construction Industry in a very in-demand field that requires committed hard working men and women. A strong work ethic and good skill set is necessary to succeed. If you are just setting out or need a refresher on some good work ethic practices, here are some suggestions to keep in mind.
Make a good impression - Be on Time! Coming in late delays the day and no one likes waiting around for someone. Consider coming in 10 minutes early to plan your day as indicated by the supervisor. This will help get your tasks completed on time and management will know that they can trust you.
Be open to advice - Swallow your pride and trust that your supervisors have had more experience than you and know how to manage the job at hand. Also, if you have any questions or problems simply ask them. Your employers want you to succeed.
Come prepared and ready to work - Have your personal protective equipment (PPE) with you and come dressed for the weather. Bring supplies such as a lunch, water, sunscreen and/or extra layers of clothing. Make sure to come prepared with what you think you may need in the day, don’t rely on your employer to have extra supplies with them.
Safety is always first - Make sure you follow the safety guidelines and keep an eye out for any potential work risk or hazard. Let your supervisor know if you feel unsafe and/or notice anything that may seem like it can cause a risk to you or others.
Communicate - Listen to what your coworkers and supervisors have to say. If you choose not to listen than you could be missing out on important information about the job task and could put your own safety at risk.
Pay attention - stay focused. Construction work can be repetitive, but it is important to stay focused on the job at hand to get the work done successfully and on time. Make sure to stay off your cell phone and only use it during lunch and breaks.
At Canada Heavy Equipment College our motto is Job Ready – Work Safely
On the road and local truckers are often challenged when it comes to eating healthy. Fast food, diners and truck stops are often higher in calories, fat and sodium.
Food that are higher in fiber will help you to feel fuller for longer and can often be lower in calories and fat. Oatmeal and other high fiber breakfast cereals along with non-fat or low-fat milk and fresh fruits are quick and easy options that can be prepared while on the road.
Being well stocked with healthy snack choices reduces the need to make unhealthy stops at fast food places when hunger strikes. Be sure to keep foods that will travel well, like apples, oranges, nuts precut veggies and crackers.
There are many appliances available, for the cab, that make preparing your meals ahead of time simple and easy while on the road:
Slow cookers and mini slow cookers (with liners to make clean up a breeze)
A small roast, veggies and potatoes can be a very satisfying meal that cooks while you drive.
Another thing to watch, is your drink choices. Calories from beverages do little to curb your hunger.
Soft drinks. Sports drinks, and even juices can easily put you over your daily needs. Stick to water whenever possible to quench your thirst!
Many old school operators will tell you “you don’t need training, I just hoped on the equipment and taught myself”. The problem with that is there are major gaps in their knowledge, because they never received professional training and often they only got experience on one piece of equipment.
In todays industry safety is a priority, employers don’t want to lose time and money because of unsafe, untrained employees. The job won’t get done if people are getting hurt, so it’s in a company’s best interest to have safe operators working in safe conditions.
Professional training gives you more versatility and makes you more employable. At Canada Heavy Equipment College you will be trained on a variety of types of equipment (Road Graders, Excavators, Backhoes, and Dozers), you will be prepared to do grade reading, know different types of soils, site layouts and heavy equipment maintenance. When you graduate with us you will be job ready!
Canada Heavy Equipment College graduates are sought after because of our commitment to training skilled and safe operators.
Our courses run year-round and have weekly start dates. Contact us to see when you can begin!
There was a time you could walk into a trucking company (or a business that hired truck drivers), fill out an application, and get hired based on desire and experience. If they had no experience, all they had to do was prove they had a driver’s license. Much of the training was on the job.
These days, because of increased regulation and more emphasis on safety, new truck drivers (and the entire profession) benefit from truck driver training and many companies are looking for our students
With training you will become a safe truck driver and experience real day to day techniques that will make for a professional operator. Practical training will help you meet industry and trucking standards.
For more information call Canada Heavy Equipment College and Truck Training at 519-650-6040 or Toll Free at 1 - 888-934-2432
Make an appointment to visit our facility and meet the instructors.
Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45% and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.
Slow down: Brakes are less responsive on icy roads, and other drivers may make unpredictable moves because they are being cautious. Allow plenty of space between you and other vehicles and reduce your speed.
Remove ice and snow from your vehicle: Clear your windows and roof of snow to ensure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don't allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.
Prepare your vehicle for long-distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you.
Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
Plan ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
Check your emergency kit: Contents should include: battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
Be aware of changes in weather: Weather conditions across the United States will be changing — especially during early mornings and evenings. Watch for ice, snow and other weather-related obstacles and be aware of any temperature changes.
Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won't be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
Avoid extreme weather conditions: Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.
Contact us to find out about our refresher and training courses.
Canada Heavy Equipment College (CHEC) 519-650-6040