Archive for June, 2019

Not so Fast! Speeding to be Focus of July Enforcement Blitz

Image source: Washington State Patrol

Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week from July 14 to 20. The enforcement and education campaign targets unsafe driving behaviors of commercial truck, bus, and passenger vehicle drivers.

This year’s event will focus on the dangers of speeding.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2016 reports that “Speeding of Any Kind” was the most frequent driver-related factor in fatal crashes for large truck and passenger vehicle drivers. The study attributes speeding to 32 percent of crashes involving large truck drivers and 89 percent involving passenger vehicle drivers. According to CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police, “For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities . . . That is unacceptable, especially because it’s preventable. We will continue to educate the public on the dangers of speeding and we will identify individuals who are speeding on our roadways and may issue citations as a deterrent to future speeding tendencies and to affect diver behavior.”

During last year’s event, officers issued speeding tickets to 1,908 commercial motor vehicle drivers and 16,909 passenger vehicle drivers. In addition, 17 commercial motor vehicle drivers and 714 passenger vehicle drivers received tickets for driving too fast for the conditions. Other hazardous driving behaviors include distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and drunk or drugged driving.

Washington State Patrol troopers and commercial vehicle inspectors will be on the lookout for speeding and other unsafe driving behaviors. “The Washington State Patrol strives to always improve the safety of our commercial motor vehicle drivers, as well as the rest of the motoring public,” said WSP Commercial Vehicle Division Lieutenant T. Sharff.

Late Won’t Kill You, Speeding Will

Follow these tips to help you avoid speeding:

  • Go the speed limit.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Be patient.
  • Pay attention to traffic signs.
  • Regularly check the speedometer.

Washington State Trucking Company Steps Up to Help Find Missing Native American Woman

 Kam-Way Transportation of Blaine, WA, is offering three trailers to the Homeward Bound program of the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit. The program uses commercial vehicles to help recover some of the many thousands of children and young adults who are reported missing in the state each year. Trooper Renee Padgett of the WSP’s Commercial Vehicle Division founded Homeward Bound in 2005. Trooper Padgett shared her vision then with the former Gordon Trucking, Inc. to display high visibility images of missing people on the sides of semi-trailers. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that public pictures help recover 1 out of 6 missing children. According to WSP, three children featured on trucks have been recovered since Homeward Bound began. Trooper Padgett passed away in 2018 after a long battle with cancer.

 

At a June 5th ceremony in Olympia, Kam-Way unveiled one of its trailers showing images of Alyssa McLemore, a 21-year-old mother from Kent who went missing without a trace in 2009. Kam-Way’s owner and CEO Kam Sihota stated, “I’m truly blessed and honored to carry this program forward. If there needs to be another hundred trailers we are committed to bring that forward.” WSP Chief John Batiste honored Sihota with a Chief’s Specialty Award. Laurie Glavin, Kam-Way’s safety manager, also received a Chief’s Coin for her leadership in the project. Chief Batiste proclaimed “We are proud as an agency to be members of this cause.”Image of state troopers

 

The struggle to locate McLemore, a woman of mixed Aleut and African American heritage, also brings attention to the very high rates of disappearances and killings of Native American women. The FBI’s National Crime Information Center indicates that, in 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls.

In March 2018, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 2951 which requires WSP to work with federally recognized tribes, tribal police, and the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, to study how to improve reporting and identifying missing Native American women in Washington State. In 2018, the U.S. Congress designated May 5th to be the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. McLemore’s family has remained committed to finding their loved one with support from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.

Anybody with information on what happened to Alyssa McLemore, or any other missing person is asked to call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

 

For more information about missing persons in Washington State and other places, please visit:

Washington State Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs Missing Persons website

Washington State Patrol Amber and Missing Person’s Alerts

The Truckers Missing Child Project

Truckers Against Trafficking

National Forklift Safety Day is June 11

Image source: Industrial Truck Association

National Forklift Safety Day will take place on June 11. The annual observance began in 2014 as an effort of the Industrial Truck Association to promote forklift safety awareness across the country. The annual event engages private and public stakeholders to focus on forklift safety best practices, operator training, and daily inspections to prevent injuries, fatalities, equipment damage, and many other costly losses.

First used over 100 years ago, forklifts are vital to freight handling in the commercial transportation and warehousing industry. As the most common type of powered industrial truck, forklifts are used in many different work environments to lift, move, and place loads weighing up to 70 tons. Despite their utility, forklifts can also cause injuries and deaths when used improperly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forklift-related incidents killed 412 workers from 2011 to 2016. In the same period, 42,180 workers sustained serious time-loss injuries in a survey of 230,000 companies and state and local governments. Top causes of forklift incidents include tip-over, crushing, and struck-by hazards.

In trucking, the use of forklifts to load and unload trailers puts truck drivers at high risk of being crushed or struck. Unpublished Washington State workers’ compensation data shows that 501 forklift-related injuries occurred within the general and specialized freight trucking sectors between 2006 and 2018. This represents 36 percent of the total forklift related injuries in the State’s transportation and warehousing industry. A third of these injuries were serious, resulting in monthly time-loss claims.

Give a boost to forklift safety in your workplace by holding a Forklift Safety Day event that educates truck drivers about forklift hazards and safe operation. This could include having a special safety meeting, safety knowledge contests, celebrating successes, starting a new safety practice, performing a job hazard analysis, refresher training, reviewing safety bulletins or watching a safety video. Show your commitment to workplace injury prevention by making sure your company safety program trains, evaluates, and retrains all employees who use forklifts.

Visit the following links to get free training materials to prevent forklift injuries:

KeepTruckingSafe.org:

Forklift safety training materials

Tight Squeeze forklift safety poster

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries:

Safety Topics: Powered Industrial Trucks

Forklifts Training Kit

Forklift Safety Guide

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool

Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts

Industrial Truck Association:

National Forklift Safety Day website