Thorn Valley Safety


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


Slip, Trip, and Fall Protection

Slips, Trips and Falls contribute to 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle crashes in causes of fatalities. In addition, S/T/F injuries make up approximately 25% of all workplace safety claims. Companies must ensure their safety program addresses S/T/F potential not only for just their employees, but also their customers, vendors and/or general public that has access to company property, premises and facility. No one should be considered exempt from either a potential S/T/F injury and thus be required to observe company safety rules.


Speed Reduction

Vehicles are engineered for an optimum performance and a fairly accurate measure of performance is MPG. Fleet owners want their vehicles operated optimally so MPG is commonly used to measure performance. That being said, those who rely solely on MPG are taking the easy way out - all factors such as safety, maintenance, customer service, professional appearance, paperwork, etc. need to be considered when reviewing overall driver performance.


Spring Driving Hazards

Although winter may be over, along with good weather comes a whole new group of hazards that drivers need to be aware of. Each of these hazards has the potential for causing accidents and ruining a good driving record. Professional drivers need to be aware of these hazards and prepare accordingly - so they always take time to review and refresh safe driving habits and protect their hard earned safe driving record.


Stopping Distance / Following Time

Perhaps the best known defensive driving technique is to “Slow Down and Increase Following Distance.” A non-professional driver might think this is just hyperbole if they have not been taught, or have forgotten the correct method of calculating “following distance.”