Tuesday, August 5, 2014

School Bus Safety

As the summer of 2014 quickly comes to an end, schools throughout the country will be opening their doors to students returning from their brief summer recesses.

For 24 million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus. The National Safety Council indicates there are approximately 325,000 school buses operating on any given school day, with each traveling an average of 12,000 miles per school year. 

What tragedy could be worse for a parent than to lose a young child in a school bus accident? What tragedy could be worse for a trucking professional than to be involved in such an accident? There are steps than can be taken by professional drivers to minimize the potential for these types of losses.
1. Recognize And Obey The Rules Of The Road – When approaching a school bus, be extra cautious. Look for the possibility of warning signals to activate and be prepared to stop. Remember that in most every state, and in most circumstances, it is unlawful to pass a stopped school bus that is either loading or unloading students. Additionally, most buses are required to stop at railroad crossings, so be prepared. Always maintain a “cushion of safety” to avoid rear-ending a school bus.

2. Obey School Zone Speed Limits – If you must travel through a school zone to complete your delivery, obey the restricted speed limits, and always yield to school buses, clearly giving them the right-of-way.

3. Be Prepared For The Unexpected – When following a bus that is making frequent stops, don’t take a chance making an unsafe pass. Remember that school buses often pick up children during early morning hours, when fog and darkness may cause reduced visibility.

As professional drivers, we must use common sense, be courteous, and stay within the law. Think “CAUTION” anytime you observe a school bus.

At times, the trucking industry will take the position that some accidents are inevitable. Yet, when the cargo is as valuable as that carried by our school buses, nothing less than a total safety effort is acceptable.

Let’s give our children a safe and happy school year!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Changing Of The Guard

Or as Lou says "The King is Dead!  Long Live the King!"

After 27 years of service, Lou Wilkinson, will be stepping down (his version of semi-retirement) from the VP/CIO position.

He will be embarking on a more creative role as Software Development Manager.

As of Friday, June 13, Nick Gorney will be promoted into the IT Services Manager position.  (And, no, he is not at all superstitious.)

All of us at Schilli wish the best of luck to both Lou and Nick in their new positions.

Tracy Morgan's crash is finally putting some media attention on an issue that truckers have been trying to raise for years.
Federal regulations now limit commercial drivers to 14-hour workdays stating that it would decrease the number of accidents due to driver fatigue. But the hourly ceiling removed the flexibility that commercial drivers once had if they needed to wait out traffic jams, bad weather or to pull over to rest for several hours, forcing many to max out their 14-hour windows.  Additionally, the tight scheduling from shippers stretch the demands for driver's time. 

To read the entire article from NBC News, click here.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honoring EMS Responders during National EMS Week

EMS personnel are very important to the trucking community.  This week has been designated as National EMS Week and we feel they deserve proper recognition for their dedication.

A statement from HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, M.D.

This week, our nation honors emergency medical service (EMS) professionals for their dedication to public service. As the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, I know how important their role is in disasters. As a primary care physician, I know how important their work is every day. People rely on EMS in disasters and other public health emergencies, as well as for personal emergency care.

We know that our health care system must be ready at a moment’s notice to respond to threats to the public’s health. Time and time again, disaster after disaster, EMS responders across the country have risen to that challenge, whether the community is impacted by a hurricane, wildfire, flood, bombing, chemical plant explosion, or pandemic flu. In recent disasters, we have witnessed EMS responders providing triage on the scene in Boston after the bombing, helping evacuate nursing homes in New York state after Hurricane Sandy, and caring for injured or ill patients as they were transported to hospitals in Texas after a plant explosion. Dozens of EMS responders give their lives every year in the service to our communities and our nation. Those who remain continue to take pride in being the people we can depend on even in difficult and dangerous situations.

To become better prepared, the nation is moving increasingly toward building coalitions bringing together EMS providers, public health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers, health care providers, home health agencies, emergency management agencies, and local businesses. EMS is a critical partner in our health care system, so I encourage EMS professionals to take an active role in helping communities forge and strengthen these partnerships. Given the regular interaction EMS responders have with these organizations in the community, EMS is uniquely positioned to bring potential partners together to plan for and minimize the impact that disasters have on health.

Disaster response and recovery requires a whole community working together. It’s one mission, one team. EMS is a crucial part of that team, there when every minute counts.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Program

Today is the day of the official start of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners program. Only a medical examiner (actual person- doctor, nurse, chiropractor etc., not the clinic) found on the National Registry website will be allowed to complete a DOT physical for drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle over 10,001 lbs. 
Beginning May 21, 2014, all medical certificates issued to interstate truck and bus drivers must come from medical examiners listed on the National Registry and on the new medical card format.
Impact on Interstate CMV Drivers
• Drivers are required to obtain physical examinations and a medical examiner’s certificate from a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry.
• Interstate CMV drivers can find certified medical examiners in their area, or anywhere in the country, on the National Registry website.
• Drivers will still receive a medical certificate from the medical examiner after passing their examination;
• Medical certificates will now need to be completed on the new FMCSA medical card: § 391.43(g) (2) If the medical examiner finds that the person examined is physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with § 391.41(b), he or she must complete a certificate in the form prescribed in paragraph (h) of this section and furnish the original to the person who was examined. The examiner must provide a copy to a prospective or current employing motor carrier who requests it and § 391.43(h), which includes:
  • the certified medical examiner’s National Registry Number,
  • medical providers national registry license number and
  • 2 new additional questions:
    • § CDL holder – YES or NO
    • § Interstate- YES or NO
For more information, visit the National Registry website at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/NRPublicUI/home.seam