Thorn Valley Safety

Truck Roof Top Snow Removal

(The Telegraph, Hudson, NH; September 15, 2012) A man surrendered his truck license in a plea deal involving a Mason incident in which a large chunk of ice flew off the roof of his rig and injured another driver. Richard Corser, 74, of Royalston, Mass., was sentenced September 14, 2012 in Hillsborough County (NH) Superior Court. Corser agreed to a plea deal in which he permanently surrendered his commercial driver’s license. He also was sentenced to a year in county jail, suspended for three years if he stays out of trouble.

Work Zone Safety

Driving through work zones can be like running an obstacle course. Lane closures, chicanes, barriers and dividers, two-way traffic, uneven road surface, drop-offs, poor lighting and flashing lights can cause motorist to react in an unpredictable manner. Truck drivers sitting up higher have a better view than drivers in passenger vehicles. Cars that can’t see as far slow to a crawl or even stop in the middle of the road as drivers becomes confused and misunderstand signs or flagger directions.

Injury Prevention Around Trucks

Transportation related workplace injuries attributable to slips, trips and falls continue to be at or near the top of OSHA’s list year after year. Non-driving employees (mechanics, service attendants, casuals, etc.) are also subject to ST&F, Struck-by and other injuries as they work on or about commercial motor vehicles. What can be done to manage this source of workers compensation claims, lost time, disability and even death?


Coupling/Uncoupling occurrences are similar to backing/docking collisions from a high frequency, low severity standpoint, normally resulting in relatively minor physical damage. However, drivers have been injured and even killed during this maneuver. In worst case scenario, a trailer breakaway can result in a catastrophic loss. Utilize basic backing maneuver skills, particularly G.O.A.L. – Get Out and Look, as well as Three Points of Contact method for entering/exiting vehicle whenever coupling/uncoupling.

Construction Zone

All new drivers should receive defensive driving and hazard recognition training. Cover all topics including: 1) Size up the scene – get the big picture 2) Plan an escape route – leave yourself an out 3) Expand your look-ahead capacity – aim high 4) Communicate your intentions – watch out for others 5) Take decisive action.


Researchers found that among the 18,919 truck crashes (Kansas from 20004 to 2008), 13,260 - or 73% had contributory causes related to the truck driver. Failing to give enough time and attention to the task being completed was the biggest contributor to truck driver-related crashes. Maneuvers such as switching lanes, passing another vehicle, etc., combined with, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, improper lane changes and following another vehicle too closely made up the top five contributors.

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.

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