Archive for February, 2012

Is the churn in your company making your stomach – well, churn?

driverBy Jena Williams

According to Road Scholar Transport the truck driver shortage is projected to be 200,000 in 2012. That means you need to do all you can to keep the valuable drivers that are on your team. Trucker.com recently addressed how to decrease churn in both your employees and in your independent contractors.

Churn is employee movement from company to company within the same industry. Trucker.com found this was typically caused by lack of communication between the potential driver and potential employer. They found that often recruiters paint a rosy picture to get a driver to sign on or the driver only hears what he/she wants to hear. Later discontent sets in and the driver leaves for another company. Then the company must again go through the cost of recruiting, hiring and training a new driver.

Honesty is the best policy to get and retain good drivers.

Driver retention begins during the interview process. The more information exchanged, the better the driver will understand and accept the idiosyncrasies of your company’s operations and procedures. Think of it more like research into the wants, needs and requirements of both your company and the prospective driver. The more knowledgeable you are about the trucker’s wants and needs, and the more knowledgeable the trucker is about your company’s methods and policies, the stronger the relationship will be.

Take the time to make sure expectations and assumptions are addressed during the initial interview. Trucker.com recommends:

…providing the potential trucker with a question & answer sheet [to] fill in the blanks with the information the recruiter provides… The recruiter has a similar Q&A sheet to note all the answers the trucker provides. At the completion of the interview, the recruiter and possible future trucker should exchange these sheets and go over the information to be sure nothing is misunderstood. The more complete the information, the less likely there will be a disgruntled driver.

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Click to read article on independent owner/operators

Getting injured workers back to work quickly also decreases churn. Check into Labor & Industries’ Stay at Work Program.

How have you overcome communication issues at your company?

When it Hurts to Haul

from Waste 360By Jena Williams

Eight hundred stops a day, lifting 40-62 pound containers at each stop. That’s a lot of lifting, awkward postures and repetition. Recently, Waste 360, published a study on the ergonomic risk factors associated with Waste Hauling. They noted that waste needs to be collected, but were hopeful that studying how it is done could lead to improvements in safety and efficiency.

Not unexpectedly, they found that workers would prefer automated equipment to eliminate lifting. The researchers used ergonomic software to study the differences between tasks required to operate automated equipment, semi-automated, and manual. They found that dumping a container was the riskiest task and actually exceeds federal guidelines.

Workers in this study needed frequent reminders about how to lift safer. Remind your employees to think about their posture and to avoid twisting their body. In this study, they found lifting imporperly was equal to 784 pounds of compressive force on the low back, for each lift!

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*Photo from Waste360.com

Tarping the load

tarping simulationBy Jena Williams

Tarping is one of the riskiest tasks in trucking. It would be great if everything could fit in a dry van trailer, but since that’s not likely to happen we’ve developed the tools listed below to demonstrate the next best options to safely get the tarp on the load.

We would like to hear the tricks of the trade have you learned to make tarping the load easier or safer. Click “Comments” below to share your ideas.

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Click to see TIRES E News for February.

Semitrailer buckles, twists, loses load on MLK Way

By Jena Williams

Semitrailer buckles, twists, loses load on MLK Way

Stay at Work

Man standing at truck

By Jena Williams

If you’re an employer with an injured worker, L&I will pay you to help get the worker quickly and safely back to work in a light-duty or transitional job.

Stay at Work is a new financial incentive that encourages employers to bring their injured workers quickly and safely back to light-duty or transitional work by reimbursing them for a portion of their costs. Read more

Is your safety culture working?

By Jena Williams

This video, produced by Vital Smarts, illustrates how safety culture works or doesn’t work. Share your tips on how you’ve encouraged a culture of safety at your company.