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How to Protect yourself on the Road - The Life of a Trucker

It is always important to be aware of one's surroundings, no matter how tough you think you are. There are potential risks out there for both men and woman, so it is vital to discuss safety for all people and for all drivers.


If you didn’t know already, rest areas can be very dangerous at night. For your safety, avoid getting out of the truck in dark areas. Always carry your phone with you and keep a good look over your shoulder if you have to get out in the dark. Be careful when walking between trailers, someone can be hiding under the trailer or on a catwalk.


Make sure to stay visible when you are out and about, avoiding getting hit in a parking lot; and it can potentially deter assailants.  Wearing reflective clothing allows you to be seen i.e. if someone did attack you and confrontation resulted in you being left laying on the ground, it would be much easier to see you if you're wearing reflective clothing.


Make your truck a safe place. Cover your windows when you are sleeping. Keep your valuables out of sight and always lock your doors. Always be prepared, be alert,  and have a plan if something were to go wrong. If you do get yourself in a situation where you are being attacked, make plenty of noise and remember that everyday items can be used as weapons for self defence.


In conclusion, not everyone is a dangerous person but know that danger is out there.  Keep your mind open and stay alert if something were to go wrong.


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Why Construction Equipment Maintenance Matters

Is it easy to avoid equipment failure if you keep on top of regular maintenance. It can help avoid project stalls, missed due dates and can save businesses hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.


Regular equipment maintenance isn’t cheap. But your money is going to tuning up the equipment and seeing if anything needs to be replaced. By the end of the year, you’ll find that you spent less on your equipment than you had in previous years.


Safety is a top priority. By implementing regular maintenance, you improve the safety not just of the equipment but of the job-site. Preventative equipment maintenance along with proper training will help prevent injuries, it increases equipment efficiency and increases safety on the job site. You will have fewer set-back days which will increase your profit. Preventative maintenance checks for wear and damage, checks alignments and it helps keep all the parts working efficiently.


Regardless of whether the equipment seems to be running fine, it is  important to adhere to equipment preventative maintenance schedules. So the next time you consider postponing maintenance, remember, you don't want your equipment failing on a time sensitive project. Keep your jobs running smoothly, invest the time and money on regular maintenance for your construction equipment.  

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Mountain Driving Tips for Truckers

Viewing the mountains in the distance is a beautiful sight. But driving through them can be very dangerous, especially for a truck driver carrying tons of freight.  If you follow some basic safety rules and take advantage of the safety features available to you then you can quickly gain confidence on mountain routes.


To help with the challenges you may face, we have created these driving tips that new and experience drivers can take advantage of:


1. Always do a Proper Pre Trip Inspection

For any driver, on any terrain, a proper pre trip inspection is key to a successful route. Before you begin travelling make sure your truck is in excellent condition.  Be sure to check the brakes, tires, fluid levels and check for any leaks.


2. Have a full tank of gas

You never know when bad weather will hit so it is important to fill up your tank before you head out.


3. Use proper braking and shifting techniques

When making your descent, it’s a known guideline to be one gear lower than the one you came up in. Also, remember to brake and downshift before the downgrade.


4. Don’t rush

Take your time on the roads and leave plenty of room between vehicles. Going a little slower can't hurt and let people pass, it's not a race.


5. Beware of changing weather conditions

Mountain driving can be very unpredictable, so be cautious as visibility can vastly decrease within a matter of seconds.


6. Bring water, food and emergency gear

Be sure to pack extra food, water, and clothing; and take a first aid & toolbox kit along with you.


For new truckers, facing the challenge of mountain driving can be very intimidating. Pay close attention these tips and soon you will be ready to gain the confidence you need to make it through the mountain terrain.

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Tips to Increase Productivity in Construction

Productivity can be a problem in any workplace or life situation. In the construction industry it isn't any different. But there is hope for work place productivity improvements, because even if staff and supervisors made the smallest improvements business can increase and accidents can decrease.


Keep these tips in mind to help you through your construction project, whether big or small.


1. Improve communication

Communication between workers and supervisors is a top priority. Mistakes can be prevented and deadlines can be properly managed if there is good dialogue between staff. Also, proper communication can help avoid workplace accidents.


2. Create a detailed task list

Before you begin your work day it is a great idea to create a list of tasks. It is important to keep track of what is going on and when, making sure nothing gets forgotten.


3. Keep track of your inventory

Know how much stock you have. It will make it easier to order when you run out and also you will be well aware if stock goes missing.


4. Keep an organized workplace

Help prevent accidents by keeping your construction site organized and free of any hazards. You will find that jobs will get completed faster since you know where everything is.


5. Delegate Tasks

Each person has a special skill set and if you delegate the tasks correctly than you can use those skill sets to your advantage.


6. Train your employees

Invest in your employees and train them to their highest potential. A well-prepared employee will increase productivity, add value and safety.


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Mandatory National Truck Driver Training Standard

Ontario’s mandatory entry-level training (MELT) standard went into effect on July 2017. Since than, the Canadian trucking industry has been trying hard to get the rest of Canada on board with a national training standard for entry-level truck drivers. Finally, on January 21st, Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and his provincial counterparts  promised to implement a national training standard by 2020.


Employers have reported having better-prepared driver applicants and are satisfied with the new standard. Now they can proceed into the workplace with  basic trucking skills. With some additional training, they have the opportunity to become very qualified and skilled drivers.


Saskatchewan and Alberta plan to implement standards of their own in the spring. Western plans were announced in the wake of last April’s bus-truck crash in Saskatchewan that killed 16 people on a Humboldt Broncos bus. That collision, along with a recent Ottawa bus crash that killed three people, was cited by the ministers as a reminder that more needs to be done in the name of highway safety.


For now, we wait in hopes that the nationwide training standards for entry-level drivers will be implemented successfully.  After the standard basic training, it will be the employers responsibility to follow up with further on-the-job training and mentoring. Sending unprepared and undertrained drivers out onto the highway needs to stop. Its about time that truck drivers get the recognition as a skilled trade that they deserve. Once training is achieved, this can start to happen.


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Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips


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.

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