How does your company promote safety?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by strongbacks, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. strongbacks

    strongbacks Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2012
    Palm Bay, FL
    I volunteered to participate in my companies Driver safety committee.

    Compared to most companies, my company does ok with its CSA score, BUT
    we are trying to reduce accidents and get drivers to Get Out And Look more.

    What methods does your company use to built a "Safety Culture"?

    We do annual Smith System training, and management sends messages through the on board computers about safety streaks. We are looking for better methods of getting safety on drivers' minds.

    If your company doesn't do anything to promote safety, FEEL FREE TO PASS ON REPLYING, and good luck with that outfit.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2015
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  3. marineman227

    marineman227 Dock Waterer

    Jan 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    When I'm safe they let me keep my job, if you're not safe you're unemployed. We're all adults why do we need childish hand holding to remember how to do our job?
  4. 315wheelbase

    315wheelbase Heavy Load Member

    Oct 26, 2014
    Years ago when I was a feeder driver at UPS they had their annual safety meeting at a bar.
  5. G.Anthony

    G.Anthony Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    Once per quarter, my company sends out a company news letter with a cross word puzzle with safety items in it.

    I learnt safety goodly enough to get the silver star.

    I would have gotten a golden star, but I refused it, as it does not match my Red Sox cap.

    Sarcasm, or truth.? You decide
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  6. Semi-Truculent Hamish

    Semi-Truculent Hamish Bobtail Member

    Aug 14, 2013
    My company, when I phone them to report really bad road conditions, responds; "Be careful but KEEP GOING!"
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  7. gpsman

    gpsman Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    None exist, much less better ones. A driver has to do it themselves, and there is nothing on earth that will suggest it to the closed mind.

    If a driver didn't know it all, the state would not have awarded them a CDL. End of story... but, good luck.
  8. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    One company the drivers have to type GOAL on the QUALCOMM before any backing.But like gpsman says no methods exist,theres either safe cautious drivers or there isn't.Companies that hire whoever and doesn't train worth a crap deserves everything they get.
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  9. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

    Jan 18, 2011
    Our policy...

    Deliver on time..

    Don't tear Nothing up...

    Don't cuss out any customers that don't deserve to be cussed out...

    Equals--Keep ur job....:)
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  10. strongbacks

    strongbacks Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2012
    Palm Bay, FL
    We pay very well at my company ($65k+ 1st yr, $75k+ 2nd yr). New drivers get 2 months of one on one training on the road and working with customers of varying difficulty. We do an annual Smith System day of training, and we will cover safety topics at quarterly driver meetings.

    We move mostly freight WE own (its our own product in the trailer)to our own customers buying from us. We are set up similar to Wal-Mart, so drivers are an asset to invest in, not a commodity to plan to through away.

    Higher Insurance, tickets, civil judgements, cost of accidents and equipment damage simply mean less profit share.

    So I'd hardly consider any of this "childish hand holding". Unless maybe you attended some amazing CDL training program that simulated blizzard conditions, correcting yourself out of a black ice skid, backing a sleeper and 53' trailer to a dock off a busy street, blown steer, etc.

    To somebody else's comment: we are not required to "keep on going" during dangerous conditions. I have pulled off the road for a 10 hour break more than once to wait a storm out, I do not need permission to do so. In one circumstance, I chose to detour 8 hours around a lake effect event.

    I would hate to work for an outfit that simply uses accidents to weed out drivers rather than carefully and properly select and train drivers. I'd rather drive for a company that gives a #### about their drivers rather than just be a replaceable 'tool.'
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  11. strongbacks

    strongbacks Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2012
    Palm Bay, FL
    Not my company. that must suck when they have little regard for yours or another's llife.
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