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1st Quarter Safety Bonus & MPG Awards  P.1

Anniversarys & Birthdays  P.2

CVSA Inspections – June 4-6th P.3

Trends & New Software P.4

ISSUE

JUNE

2019

18

The        Dispatcher

 

AND NOW A WORD FROM THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT…

As many of you know, White Oak suffered a tragic loss when our Safety Compliance Officer, Ryan Kaegebein, passed away the morning of April 12th.  Ryan was a pleasure to work with and he loved his job.  I want each of you to know that Ryan cared deeply for each driver. He would go out of his way to lend a hand and help where he could.  Ryan was invested in the success of each one of the drivers.  He will be greatly missed.

                In other news, the Safety Department has recently started a new Safety Awareness Promotion called TARGET ZERO.  This program will be the sole focus of the safety department and the mission of every individual in the company.  The goal is simple:  ZERO ACCIDENTS, ZERO INJURIES.  Each of you are responsible for the success of our company.  We want to see each of you be successful and THRIVE here.  We will be sending out some awesome swag with our theme.  We hope you are as excited as we are.

                Ongoing issues with Omnitracs ELD upgrade is being addressed.  I commend so many of you who have adapted to the new software and your patience while the bugs are worked out is much appreciated.  I can assure you that these issues are being addressed by Omnitracs.  If you need any help, feel free to come by and see me here in Decatur, or when I am onsite at your location.

                New Bonus Opportunities!!!!!  The Safety Department has created 2 new Bonus Opportunities for you!  First, is the Hazardous Conditions Bonus.  When faced with dangerous tasks as you are each day, let me know about them.  We will reward you!  Unsafe yard conditions?  Customers asking you to complete a potentially dangerous task?  Ideas for new, safer truck specs?  Let us know!  We want to hear from you!  Second, is the Near Miss Bonus.  This is parallel with the installation of the SmartDrive camera system.  When I see a driver that exhibits exceptional driving skills to prevent an accident, YOU WILL BE REWARDED!

                Please stay off the phone.  There are still a number of you who continue to text and use hand-held mobile devices while driving.  The cameras don’t lie.  Please don’t do this.  This is extremely dangerous an could cost our company MILLIONS if you are in an accident.  Covering up the camera won’t help you.  Please respect this rule, it is FOR YOUR PROTECTION!

                Finally, May 1st of this year marked 14 years I have been with White Oak Transportation.  I have seen our company as a Terminal Manager, Operations Manager, and now as Director of Safety.  Our company has come a LONG way since those early days.  I have seen the ups and downs and I can say right now we are in the best of times this company has ever had.  I want to thank Mike Limbaugh for taking a chance on me.  I want to thank you who were here when I started in Cullman, the many people I have worked with who have made my time here so special.  I truly wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. 

                                                                                                                                                Eric Aycock, CDS

                                                                                                                                                Director of Safety                              

TARGET ZERO - OUR GOAL - ZERO ACCIDENTS, ZERO INJURIES

 

 


 

June Anniversaries

 

 

 

Tina Sharp                             06/02

James Leach                         06/02

Gary Douglas                        06/05

Casey Hobson                       06/09

Kent Grahn                            06/11

Jack Muzzy                            06/13

Rickey Hammett                   06/15

Jeffery Campbell                  06/16

Randy Dennis                       06/18

Michael Underhill                06/18

Joe Teters                              06/21

Robert Zodrow                     06/21

Justin Brizendine                 06/22

Delvin Kimbrough                06/23

Miguel Rosado-Rodriquez  06/24

Joe Cargile                             06/26

Billy Seylar                            06/27

Robert Lee                            06/29

Brian Corbin                          06/30

 

June Birthdays

Thank you, for being part of our company’s success over the years. We greatly appreciate and value your hard work and dedication.

Happy Anniversary!

Delvin Kimbrough - Pilgrims

Eboni Brock - Savannah

Alisa Cody - Savannah

Charles Rosier – Savannah

Darnell Canty - Savannah

John Allen - Savannah

Mia Hester - Savannah

Travis Baker - Savannah

Leonard Young - Savannah

Davis McMillian - Savannah

Horace Kirkland - Savannah

Johnny Daughtry - Savannah

Victory Mason - Savannah

Gary Douglas - Savannah

Kelvin Howard - Decatur

Timothy Hodge - Decatur

Dexter Minter - Decatur

 

12 Years of Service!!

 

Alan Price                     06/11 – Decatur

 

6 Years of Service!

 

Robert E. Lee                       06/12 – Decatur

 

5 Years of Service!

 

Kenneth Brown                  06/05 – Decatur

 

4 Years of Service!

 

Clifford Ash                          06/01 – Decatur

Melvin Timmons                 06/04 – Decatur

Michael Underhill              06/09 – Decatur

Louis Herndon                    06/25 – Harrisburg

 

3 Years of Service!

 

Rhonda Rudd                      06/24 – Decatur IP

 

1 Year of Service!

 

Milton Bray                          06/05 – Heflin

Reginald Grumsey              06/07 – Bay Minette

Robert Zodrow                   06/25 – Pilgrims

Jeaquita Hill                         06/26 – Selma

 

 

 

WELCOME New Hires

 


 

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 4-6. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is steering and suspension systems. While checking vehicle compliance is always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA is highlighting steering components and suspension systems this year as a reminder of their importance to highway safety.

“Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police. “Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road. Furthermore, they keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling.”

During International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

The vehicle inspection includes checking critical inspection items such as: brake systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft; driver’s seat (missing); exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads); steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels, rims and hubs; windshield wipers. Additional items on buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments, and seating (temporary and aisle seats).

Drivers will be required to provide their driver’s license (operating credentials), Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status and vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable). Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If no critical vehicle inspection item violations are found during a Level I or Level V Inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector; however, when a rear impact guard is required and violations are present, a CVSA decal shall not be issued.

If an inspector does identify critical vehicle inspection item violations, he or she may render the vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. This means the vehicle cannot be operated until the vehicle violation(s) are corrected. A driver can also be placed out of service for driver credential-related issues or driver conditions, such as fatigue or impairment.

 

2019 CVSA Inspection

BLITZ – June 4-6

 

 


 

2205 Hwy 20 W

Decatur, AL 35601

256-432-0405 ph 

256-432-0445 fax

www.whiteoaktrans.com

 

The Dispatcher   Issue 18   June 2019

Out-of-service orders and the number, type and severity of safety violations affect a motor carrier’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score and its Safety Fitness Determination rating. CSA is the safety compliance and enforcement program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) designed to improve safety and prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities by holding motor carriers and drivers accountable for their role in safety.

“International Roadcheck is a high-visibility, three-day commercial motor vehicle and driver inspection and enforcement event,” said Chief Thompson. “However, aside from the increased inspections, we are not doing anything differently than any other day. The inspections performed during International Roadcheck are the same inspections that are conducted the day before International Roadcheck starts and the day after it concludes, as well as any other day of the year.”

Chief Thompson added, “It’s important to remember that inspections are conducted 365 days a year. We publicly announce the dates of this three-day enforcement and awareness initiative in advance because we want all vehicles on our roadways to be safe and compliant.”

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception in 1988, more than 1.6 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by FMCSA, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) (Ministry of Communications and Transportation) of Mexico.