Thorn Valley Safety


Mirrors

Over 20% of fatal truck crashes can be directly attributable to wrong decisions most likely due to limited visibility or incorrect visual perception. Of the five senses, our vision is the most important one we use to gather the information we need to make correct driving decisions. Improper mirror use means inaccurate information leading to wrong driving decisions which will ultimately result in collisions.


Logbooks

CSA 2010 is not a new safety regulation. That’s correct – zero new rules! Everyone can now breathe a collective sigh of relief – as long as they’re in compliance. However, trucking operations that may have been taking shortcuts around the existing regulations and avoiding DOT scrutiny up until now need to think twice about how they do business going forward. Unless they change their ways they will soon begin to feel the pain. So don’t delay, start today, and remember – details and document, details and document! And if the safety program is not in writing it does not exist!


Left Hand Turn - Motorcycle

TRUCK MAKES LEFT-TURN RESULTING IN CYCLIST FATALITY DATE: 04/30/2010 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10007 REFERENCE: Car, Truck and Bus Driver Safety Tips for Motorcycles FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Left Hand Turn

DANGEROUS LEFT TURN DATE: 11/30/2009 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10002 REFERENCE: FMCSA Driver Training – “Inadequate Surveillance” FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Labor Day Driving Saftey

This Labor Day weekend, millions of drivers will take to the highway for one final summer getaway, making it one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 368 traffic fatalities and an additional 19,900 nonfatal disabling injuries will occur from 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 6.


Driver Notification Requirements

§383.31 CDL drivers convicted of violating, in any type of motor vehicle, a State or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) shall notify his/her current employer of such conviction. The notification must be made within 30 days after the date that the person has been convicted.


Distracted Driving

When a truck driver is traveling down a road and his/her attention is not on the road, he/she is not only putting him/herself in danger, but also the other vehicles and pedestrians that may be using the roadway. Distracted driving is defined in most commercial driver license manuals issued by the various states as “any activity that may shift your full attention from the driving task.”


Black Ice 2

SUBJECT: BLACK ICE! DATE: 11/01/2011 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10015 REFERENCE: CDL Manual; section 2.6.2 – Matching Speed to the Road Surface FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Parking on Shoulders

Parking on controlled access or other roadways by CMV drivers can be a significant contributing factor to injury or fatal crashes. The main reason CMVS are parked on highway shoulders and other unsafe locations is mechanical breakdown. However, drivers are often in need of rest, particularly in the early morning hours, and may not know the locations of nearby rest areas or truck stops. Also, deliveries scheduled for early morning often cause a driver to park at the city limits or near the delivery point to wait for the delivery location to open.