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First things first…What is workers’ compensation?

Our partners at Acuity do a nice job of explaining workers' compensation. Workers' compensation (work comp) insurance pays medical fees and lost wages for an employee who has suffered an illness or injury resulting from job-related duties. Work comp covers an injured employee's: ·         Medical Expenses ·         Wage/Salary Compensation ·         Disability ·         Rehabilitation ·         Survivor and ...

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KEEP IT COOL! Tips for Avoiding Off-Temperature Loads

Our partners at Great West compiled this list of reminders to help your drivers avoid off temperature loads. Pre-cool trailer and cargo to desired temperature to remove residual heat. Turn the refrigeration unit ‘OFF’ while loading/unloading to minimize heat and humidity entering the trailer. Packaging should be crush proof, solid-side for frozen products, and vented-side for fresh products. Ensure there is ...

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The Driverless Truck – 10 Years Away?

Late last year, I took a road trip with my partner from our home in New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida and as we drove by town after town, we got to talking about the potential effects self-driving vehicle technology would have not only on truckers themselves, but on all the local economies dependent on trucker salaries. Once one starts wondering about this kind of one-two punch to America's gut, on ...

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Convincing Drivers on Safety Tech Adoption

As safety systems become more prevalent, so too do pressures on fleets to actively manage them. Learning to manage systems, as well as convince drivers to buy into new safety systems can be challenging — but the rewards are incalculable. That was the sentiment from participants in the “Adopting Advanced Safety Technology” panel at CCJ’s Spring Symposium 2015 at the Ross Bridge Golf Resort outside of Birming ...

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FMCSA Adjusts Fine Schedule, Increases Effective June 2

The penalty for a driver who violates an out-of-service order is about to get $1,000 more expensive, and that’s just one example of a new civil penalty schedule for violations of federal trucking regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday published the adjusted schedule in the Federal Register. The inflation-based increases are the first since 2007 for many of the violations, and ...

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Protecting Motor Carriers Against an O/O Work Comp Claim (part 3 of 3) by Chris Pavone, Owner Operator Risk Manager at NRMS

The first part of this three-part series addressed the hazards and risks of being a professional truck driver.  Part 2 covered the risks to motor carriers, and part 3 is a message to independent contractors about protecting yourself from workplace injury costs. Independent Contractors: It’s a dangerous job; protect your livelihood The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that for heavy and tractor-trailer truck ...

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Protecting Motor Carriers Against an O/O Work Comp Claim (part 2 of 3 part series)

The first part of this three-part series addressed the hazards and risks of being a professional truck driver.  Part 2 covers the risks to motor carriers and how to choose appropriate coverage. With trucking-related injuries on the rise, going without sufficient workplace injury coverage creates a significant gap in the event of an accident. While owner-operators may assume this liability falls on the shoul ...

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Inspection blitz coming: Here’s what inspectors are targeting

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of  the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, has been scheduled for June 2-4, CVSA announced this week. Roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will  perform nearly 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses over the 72-hour period. They will be stationed at 1 ...

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Access to CSA scores – there is an app for that…

Want smartphone access to CSA scores? There is an app for that... The FMCSA announced a new smartphone app that will allow for mobile access to currently available online safety performance information. The new QCMobile app, requires no log-in, immediately reveals whether the federal operating status of the carrier is authorized and retrieves data from a number of FMCSA sources. The option is then available ...

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Big data changing the owner-operator insurance game, Progressive say

Simple formulas used in owner-operator insurance acquisition, such as driver health and age and number of out-of-service violations, soon could take a back seat to big data and more sophisticated algorithm-driven coverage and rates. And that could mean better rates for safer operators and coverage for other operators who may have not been able to obtain it prior... legally carry. Click here for more informa ...

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