Archive for May, 2018

Get Ready Now as CVSA Inspection and Enforcement Blitz Coming Soon

Get Ready Now as CVSA Inspection and Enforcement Blitz Coming Soon

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer performing Level 1 inspection Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

By: Paul Karolczyk

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its 31st Annual International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement blitz from June 5 – 7.  The event will emphasize hours-of-service compliance, which topped last year’s list of 15,000 out-of-service violations. Another reason for this year’s special emphasis is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent electronic logging device mandate that eliminated  traditional paper logs for most carriers. Previous Roadchecks have spotlighted categories of violations that include hazardous materials/dangerous goods, cargo securement, and tire safety.

During the 72-hour event, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting high-volume, high-visibility North American Standard Level-1 Inspections of large trucks and buses at inspection sites, weigh stations, and roving patrol locations along major highways in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The 37-step inspection includes checking driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical systems. Inspectors will ask drivers to show their operating credentials and hours-of-service logs, check seat belt usage, and be attentive to alcohol and/or drug impairment. Mechanical fitness inspections include checking braking systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers.

One of the best ways to stay compliant and prevent violations is to do a pre-trip inspection. Sharpen up your inspection skills by using the pre-trip simulation tool from KeepTruckingSafe.org:

http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/assets/pretrip/story_html5.html

To learn more about the annual International Roadcheck and North American Standard Level-1 Inspection procedure, please visit:  

https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2018-roadcheck/

https://cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/inspection-procedures/

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In Memoriam

Last month we recognized Worker Memorial Day, this month we’d like to acknowledge that a good portion of the workers lost in 2017 were truck drivers. In fact 15 truck drivers died on the job last year. That is 2 more than 2016. We are working to prevent this trend from continuing. By: Jena Cole

Last month we recognized Worker Memorial Day, this month we’d like to acknowledge that a good portion of the workers lost in 2017 were truck drivers. In fact 15 truck drivers died on the job last year. That is 2 more than 2016. We are working to prevent this trend from continuing.

Every driver needs to return home safe at the end of the day. We at TIRES will continue to work with industry leaders to develop safety training to get us there.

Drivers, we appreciate you and want you to stay safe.

Together we can prevent work-related deaths in trucking.

 

Drivers we lost:

Stephen Poch, 66, Truck Driver

Died: February 1, 2017

Mr. Poch was standing on top of a tanker oil truck to check its level while loading when he tripped and fell 8 feet.

 

Timothy Koelzer, 62, Truck Driver

Died: March 1, 2017

Mr. Koelzer was unhooking a lowboy trailer when the trailer fell on him.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tricityherald/obituary.aspx?n=timothy-james-koelzer&pid=184387957&fhid=2302

 

Freddy Shoenbachler, 62, Truck Driver

Died: March 27, 2017

Mr. Shoenbachler, a truck driver at a metal recycling plant, was drilling a hole in a natural gas cylinder that was on top of a bus. The tank rapidly depressurized once the drill bit penetrated the cylinder, resulting in him being thrown 20 feet off the bus.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tribnet/obituary.aspx?n=freddy-schoenbachler&pid=185029314

 

Bradley Donovan, 46, Truck Driver

Died May 11, 2017

Mr. Donovan, a semi-truck driver was driving a truck along an interstate highway when he braked for traffic his truck rear-ended another truck and then swerved and hit a Jersey barrier.

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article150310697.html

 

Miguel Penado, 58, Truck Driver

Died: May 15, 2017

Mr. Penado, a truck driver employed by a moving company, was driving a semi-truck carrying a load of cardboard boxes along a state highway when the truck left the roadway and crashed into a power pole.

http://www.ifiberone.com/news/quincy-man-killed-in-semi-truck-crash-on-sr-near/article_47683b3a-39ef-11e7-aade-c78998f9adb1.html

 

Steven Osburn, 60, Truck Driver

Died: July 6, 2017

Mr. Osburn was driving a semi-truck and trailer along a state highway when a box truck veered across the centerline and struck his vehicle. Both drivers died at the scene.

http://lmtribune.com/obituaries/steven-g-osburn/article_4ccf30cf-dd4d-5a51-98a1-fb05f5cd567e.html

 

Kenneth Fennix, 25, Truck Driver

Died: July 6, 2017

Mr. Fennix was driving a box truck along a state highway when his vehicle veered across the centerline and struck a semi-truck. Both drivers died at the scene

https://www.yakimaherald.com/obituaries/kenneth-wayne-fennix/article_1cf5c0f2-6677-11e7-a14f-eb59cb9206d1.html

 

Edward Hedrick, 57, Truck Driver

Died: July 17, 2017

Mr. Hedrick was exiting the cab of his truck which was parked in his employer’s truck yard when he slipped or tripped, hitting his head on the truck’s steps.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/edward-hedrick-obituary?pid=186153430&view=guestbook

 

Tyler Hardy, 26, Truck Driver

Died: October 23, 2017

Mr. Hardy was driving along a county road when he lost control of his truck, which then left the road and rolled over.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bellinghamherald/obituary.aspx?n=tyler-hardy&pid=187059214&fhid=9049

 

Garrett Raphael, 26, Truck Driver

Died October 24, 2017

Mr. Raphael was crushed by the box van he was driving when he stepped out of the van and the van rolled forward, pinning him against the wall of a building.

http://komonews.com/news/local/federal-way-man-dies-after-pinned-between-van-and-storage-unit

 

Aaron Cochran, 44, Log Truck Driver

Died: October 31, 2017

Mr. Cochran lost control of his fully loaded log truck on a curve of a state highway.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/peninsuladailynews/obituary.aspx?n=aaron-cochran&pid=187196363

 

Cheryl Wrona, 61, Truck Driver

Died: November 27, 2017

Ms. Wrona, a truck driver at a hay farm, was pinned between hay bales and the back of a freight container being loaded.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kvnews/obituary-print.aspx?n=cheryl-mae-wrona&pid=187632175

 

Thomas Phelps, 51, Truck Driver

Died: November 29, 2017

Mr. Phelps was employed by a compost business where he drove a truck. He died by suicide at his place of employment.

https://www.kitsapdailynews.com/obituaries/thomas-loren-phelps/

 

John Gonzalez, 54, Truck Driver

Died: December 18, 2017

Mr. Gonzalez was driving his semi-truck on an interstate highway when he lost control of his truck on a corner and crashed into a concrete pylon.

https://www.frymemorialchapel.com/tributes/John-Gonzalez

 

 

Please add your remembrances in the comments. We have tried to find obituaries or news articles for all, but if you know of any we missed please add those too.

Thank you to Randy Clark and the Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program for providing the data.

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Safety Stand-Down Week, A Campaign to Prevent Fall Injuries, May 7-11

Falls cause more hospitalizations, disabling injuries, and deaths in Washington than any other workplace hazard. Fall prevention isn’t just a priority for construction. In the trucking industry, falls account for about 20% of all injuries. Severe falls from heights rank first in average medical costs among all trucking injuries. The most common activities leading to falls among truck drivers include:

  • Entering or exiting the cab.
  • Falling off the back of the trailer or liftgate.
  • Missing a step or getting a foot caught in a rung of ladder.
  • Ladders slipping out from underneath a worker.
  • Slips, trips, and falls around jobsites caused by debris, slippery steps, uneven surfaces, or inclement weather.

To raise awareness of this problem, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is partnering with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to sponsor “Safety Stand-Down” week from May 7-11. The annual event encourages employers to host events and discussions with their workers to identify and prevent fall injuries.

Show your commitment to preventing fall injuries by holding a Safety Stand-Down event. This could include short toolbox talks, refresher training, reviewing safety bulletins or watching a safety video. Find trucking specific training materials at KeepTruckingSafe.org:

Slips, trips, and falls: http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/slips,-trips—falls.html

Training and simulations: http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/training-simulations.html

 

Find more information from L&I and OSHA, please visit:

L&I Stand-Down website: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Topics/AToZ/StandDown/?T=About

OSHA stand-Down FAQ: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/faqs.html