Archive for May, 2013

Truckers to remember on Memorial Day

By Jena Williams

Ahhh – Memorial Day weekend. To most of us, especially in the temperate-weather state of Washington, this three-day weekend unofficially kicks off summer. We dust off the lawn furniture and fire up the barbeque for some family fun. It’s easy to forget the real reason for that extra day off, remembering those who were lost.

Originally, this holiday was to remember those who died in service to our country, however over time it has become generally accepted as a day to remember loved ones lost as well.

During your weekend, please also take time to remember the nine truck drivers who died on the job in Washington State during 2012: http://tires.lni.wa.gov/post/40523972961/in-memoriam

One driver has been killed so far in 2013 in Washington. I have not been able to find where his name has been released, but our condolences go out to his friends, family, company and the driver of the semi that crushed him. http://www.krem.com/news/Semi—204202971.html

Most trucking industry fatalities are caused by motor-vehicle collisions. Take a look at the tips below on safe driving during this busy weekend. There are some things big-rig drivers would like the motoring public to know to keep us all safe.

While most of us, celebrate an extra day off, the majority of the nation’s truck drivers will still be working. So please give them extra room. Remember that those trucks carry all the goods you need to have your family barbeque and to fill the grocery shelves.

Many big-rig drivers have lost their lives over the years due to the erratic behavior of passenger motorists or been killed because they couldn’t find a safe place to park and sleep. Some of their friends and families would like to have a day when our nation takes a moment to honor and consider what truckers do to keep the country rolling and those who have lost their lives in the process.  What are your thoughts on a National Day of Remembrance for Truck Drivers? http://www.overdriveonline.com/national-day-of-remembrance-for-truck-drivers/

I can’t have a conversation about our armed forces and truckers without at least a plug for the many programs out there to get our veterans involved in the trucking industry. Our nation is about to face a severe shortage of truck drivers. Many veterans with military commercial driving experience can fast-track CDL training for civilian jobs in trucking. Your country still needs you! http://www.dva.wa.gov/CDL.html . More news: http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/article/story/2013/05/getting-veterans-in-the-driver-seat.aspx

While searching out details for this blog, I found a story that is so touching that I had to share with you readers even if it isn’t our usual industry focus. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and continues to be greatly missed by his dad. http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/184246172/a-songwriter-and-an-army-dad-share-one-touching-story?sc=fb&cc=fmp

While we do want to take time to remember our loved ones and those we don’t know who died in service to our country, I think it’s wonderful to also make those memories with family and friends that are here! So fire up the grill! What should I bring?

SAFE DRIVING TIPS – You might be surprised what you don’t know

Tips for passenger vehicle drivers this Memorial Day Weekend: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/professional-truck-drivers-remind-motorists-to-be-safe-during-memorial-day-weekend-153640245.html

Tips for truck drivers this Memorial Day Weekend: http://www.truck-drivers-money-saving-tips.com/memorial-day.html

Do you like old trucks?

By Jena Williams

Then this is your lucky year! The American Truck Historical Society’s (ATHS) 2013 National Convention and Antique Truck Show is coming to Yakima, May 30 – June 1, 2013, less than two weeks away. It’s not too late for you to go, so bring your friends and family and have a great time!

This event is rare in our area and the added bonus is that NAST, the National Association of Show Trucks, will meet in conjunction with the ATHS national convention. If you love show trucks, there’ll be all you can handle!

I may be wrong, but from what I could tell from the website, the last show in the Pacific Northwest was in Brooks, Oregon in 2007. I’m thinking six years is a long time to wait for the next one. So forget, the yard work and soccer games, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

TIRES will be there, will you? Stop by and check out our new simulations in person. We look forward to seeing you there!

More info or to register: http://www.aths.org/convention

Press release: http://www.aths.org/Media/Default/Convention/2013/2013PressRel.pdf

More about ATHS: http://www.aths.org/

More about NAST: http://www.nastshowtrucks.org/

Will you be there??

By Jena Williams

TIRES will. If you haven’t already saved the date for the Washington Trucking Associations’ Truck Driving Championships and Step Van Driving Championships, now is the time.

You can rock the event as a contestant. Winners in each of the nine categories will go on to compete in the national convention. So, this is the time to strut your stuff as a safe driver! Here’s the sign-up sheet: http://www.wtatrucking.com/documents/TDC%202013%20Entry%20-%20Release%20Form.pdf. It must be in by June 4th.

This is a fantastic event to share with the family. You don’t have to compete to enjoy the show as a spectator or volunteer. For questions about volunteering, contact Mike Southards at (800) 732-9019.

The event is on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the
Boeing Company Space Center parking lot
20403 68th Ave South
Kent, Washington

We really hope to see you there!

More information: http://www.wtatrucking.com/reader.aspx?pg=TruckDrivingContest.htm

Who knew?!? We have pallet recycling in Washington!!

By Jena Williams

Continuing to use old, damaged pallets is a danger to workers, product and your reputation. Don’t do it! Train workers to mark damaged pallets out-of-service and keep plenty of quality pallets available.

In an article called Pallet Safety , author William Nowell notes that, “Pallet inspection programs are critical…[to] limit or prevent the unnecessary costs associated with human safety, physical damage and reputation of the company.” Weak, cracked or unstable pallets need to be removed from the work area, but how do you dispose of them?

I would love to hear from you (both management and workers) on your experiences with good and bad pallets. How have they impacted your work? Is there a pallet graveyard at your company or how have you found new homes for them?

The North American Pallet Recycling Network connects businesses that need to dispose of pallets with local recyclers. I’m optimistic that the recyclers are not putting damaged pallets back into circulation, but rather are repairing or using them for some other purpose.

Has anyone tried listing in the “Free” section of Craigslist.org or 2good2toss.com? If not usable for pallets, or art or whatever, can they still be used to burn as wood heat?

I know we Washingtonian’s are big into recycling, so how ‘bout recycling some ideas below about how your company handles the issue of damaged pallets.

Links:

North American Pallet Recycling Network: http://www.palletbuyersguide.com/

Rainier Pallet and Crating: http://www.rainierpallet.com/se/gg/washington_used_pallets.htm

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