Thorn Valley Safety


Pre-Trip Inspections

Many of the good drivers fail to detect this type of hazard while doing their inspection because they stare and gaze at the truck or the truck component – but fail to inspect the ground underneath! This should be done as the driver first approaches the vehicle and throughout their entire circle check. This includes not just at pre/post trip inspection time, but every time the driver approaches the vehicle before getting in and driving.


Pulling Out Into Traffic

SUBJECT: TRACTOR TRAILER PULLOUT RESULTS IN SERIOUS COLLISION DATE: 10/07/2009 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10001 REFERENCE: Large Truck Crash Causation Study & Analysis of Crossing Path Countermeasure Systems FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Dry Roads

Dry roads and good conditions are not a problem, right? Wrong! Some studies have shown that more winter collisions occur on good roads than on the snow and ice. Why? There are a couple of reasons. First, drivers who have been driving “on the edge of their seat” on bad roads develop fatigue more rapidly. When they hit the good roads, they relax and are not as alert to dangers.


Road Rage

FATIGUE LEADS TO ROAD RAGE RESULTING IN MAJOR COLLISION DATE: 03/31/2010 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10006 REFERENCE: Driver Fatigue Quiz FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Seatbelt (Rollover) 2

SUBJECT: ROLLOVER AND EJECTION WITH FATALITY DATE: 09/30/2010 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10012 REFERENCE: Rollover Prevention; TVE LCW 10008 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT


Safety Habits

Driving is a repetitive job. The driver goes straight, turns right, turns left, backs up, changes lanes, and stops. The circumstances may change, but the procedure remains essentially the same. As a consequence, as long as nothing happens, safety habits begin to deteriorate and the person who was once one of the safest drivers in the fleet gradually becomes one of the highest risk drivers that you have. For this reason, the average driver has an accident every five years.


School (back to) Safety

In spring we recognized that cyclist and pedestrian traffic increased with warmer weather and we adjusted our driving habits accordingly. As the end of summer nears, this hazard is magnified as school children, active school zones, school buses and slow moving vehicles enter the equation. Many reading this safety message will have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and family friends who will be boarding the school bus several times daily. Think about what could happen...


Seatbelt (Rollover)

SUBJECT: DRIVER EJECTED IN ROLLOVER COLLISION DATE: 05/30/2010 CRASH CASE NUMBER: 10008 REFERENCE: CMV Safety Belt Program FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: LOSS CONTROL DEPARTMENT