Thorn Valley Safety


Cargo Handling & Securement

DOT studies show that unsecured cargo carries a high propensity to cause commercial motor vehicle crashes. Load characteristics such as size, weight and the nature of load (liquid, dry freight, bulk, vehicle in tow, passenger, over-dimensional, etc.) vary by-fleet and greatly alter and affect the vehicle handling and stability.


Black Ice

SUBJECT: WINTER WEATHER DRIVING – BLACK ICE! DATE: 12/30/2009 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10003 REFERENCE: FMCSA Driver Training – “Driving Too Fast for Conditions” FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Jack-knife

Jack-knifing occurs when either the tractor loses traction and is pushed sideways by the trailer, or the trailer loses traction and begins to swing around the tractor. Most Jack-knifes occur when the driver applies too much braking and causes the drive tires to slide, or when braking occurs while steering. If the alignment between the tractor and trailer is not straight, when braking occurs, the trailer will try to push the tractor sideways.


Backing and Docking

Backing collisions are PREVENTABLE. A driver is not relieved of their responsibility to back safely when a guide is involved in the maneuver. A guide cannot control the movement of the vehicle; therefore, a driver must check all clearances themselves. A good ship captain ensures that everyone is aboard and in agreement before docking or undocking.


Attitude

With divorce, unemployment and bankruptcy rates reaching all time highs, couldn’t these stress related factors also be affecting the concentration and cognitive ability of drivers as well? One might wonder if the “Don’t operate heavy equipment under physical, emotional or financial stress” regulation will be next!


Accident Scene Procedures

What to do at the Scene of an Accident: Although we strive to operate accident free, we know that an accident can occur at any time. If you are involved in an accident, please follow these guidelines.


The ABC’s of Safety

For many, the fact that they are required to participate in safety training seems like enough to demand of people. We are all busy. Clearly we care about safety, but why do we have to participate in ongoing training through safety bulletins, alerts, flyers, etc? Is there a reason other than keeping the issue in front of us? After all, didn’t we learn what we needed in the safety meeting, let alone back in grade school? We know what to look for when we are out on the road – or do we?