Friday, March 28, 2014

2014 Schilli Basketball Challenge Update

Here are the top 10 after Thursday's games:

Michael Calvert    62 points
Richard Rinehart  61 points
Joe Kohler            60 points
Jayne Earhart       59 points
Russ Hammond   59 points
Bobby Shelton      59 points
Dean Coleman     58 points
Heather Geesa     58 points
Sharon Gossett    58 points
Osbie Wilson        58 points

For a complete list, click here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Schilli Basketball Challenge Update

After a grueling first week of play, here are our top 10 scores:

Michael Calvert    50 points
Ed Hollowell         49 points
Richard Rinehart  49 points
Robert Young       49 points
Joe Kohler            48 points
Jayne Earhart       47 points
Russ Hammond   47 points
Chance Reynolds 47 points
Bobby Shelton      47 points
Mary Thornton      47 points

However, as we know from last weeks games, anything can happen.  For a complete list, click here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Schilli Basketball Challenge


One entry per employee

 Only completely filled in (legible) brackets accepted with name of employee.

 Each round will be scored in points as follows: You select each game and each round

Round 2: Winning games receive 1 point

Round 3: Winning games receive 2 points

Sweet 16: Winning games receive 4 points

Elite 8: Winning games receive 8 points
Final 4: Winning games receive 16 points

 Championship: Winning games receive 32 points

 Tie-Breaker: Championship game, total final game points

Grand Prize Winner: $500.00

 All entries must be submitted via email, on the official form by noon, Eastern, Thursday, March 20, 2014, to:

** No late entries accepted.

The official form can be found at:  

For any questions please contact Brian Nehrig at (219) 261-2107 ext. 2337

Fuel-Efficient Big Rig From Walmart

 A Fuel-Efficient Big Rig From Walmart That Looks Like a Smushed Corvette
Originally printed in Wired written by Keith Barry

 Efficiency counts when you have one of the world’s largest commercial truck fleets. That’s why Walmart has developed a new big rig that uses a radical design to increase airflow and cut fuel use.

It’s called the WAVE, which stands for Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience. It’s a concept truck and trailer that previews the future of long-haul freight, and it’s designed by Walmart in partnership with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers, and Capstone Turbine.

The cab might look like it ran over the back half of a Corvette, but that low profile shape makes it 20 percent more aerodynamic than your standard rig. It’s towing the world’s first 53-foot carbon fiber trailer, which you most certainly would not want to catch on a low bridge.

Inside, the driver sits in the middle–F1 style–and is flanked by LCD displays. But it’s not just for driving: There’s also a sleek sleeper cabin in the back.

The truck uses a turbine-powered battery-electric hybrid drivetrain, and the combustion engine can run on diesel, natural gas and biodiesel.

Curiously, there’s no mention of estimated fuel economy. But even the aerodynamic gains alone could save Walmart a massive amount of money. The company has a fleet of over 6,000 trucks, so every mile per gallon saved is monumental.

But right now actual numbers don’t matter–this is just a concept.

“It may never make it to the road, but it will allow us to test new technologies and new approaches,” says Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon. But if there’s an industry in need of disruption, trucking is it, and the WAVE could point the way forward for the future of long-haul hauling.

Here is a link to the original article:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hours of Service & Daylight Savings Time

Instructing drivers on HOS record keeping to accommodate Daylight Savings Time change


Daylight Savings Time began Sunday March 9. This annual event often generates common questions on how to handle Daylight Savings Time on the driver's record of duty status (log). The following "best practices" for the time change can help keep you compliant.

Daily log

There are no official regulations or interpretations addressing documenting Daylight Savings Time on the driver's record of duty status; it's somewhat open to interpretation.

When you "lose" an hour in the spring, your log for that day should show 23 hours of activity. Leave a blank column on the grid for the hour from 2:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. (i.e., skip over that hour). The driver should also write something in the

Remarks area like "DST" or "daylight savings."

If you are taking a required off-duty break at the time, make sure it's long enough without counting the lost hour.

Handling the 34-hour restart

Except for the "restart" option, the hours-of-service rules do not rely on "clock" time. The fact that the clock jumps ahead has no effect on the 11-hour driving limit, the 14-hour window (which is based on consecutive time), or the 10-hour off-duty requirement (also based on consecutive time).

 For a restart, the driver will still need to be off for 34 consecutive hours but the clock will say it was 35. For example, if the driver is off from 7 p.m. on the 7th until 5 a.m. on the 9th, that will be 34 hours on the clock but only 33 actual hours due to the time change. Therefore, the driver will need to start the break by 6 p.m. or stay off duty until 6 a.m. to satisfy the rule. In either case, the break must be 34 actual hours long and include the two 1-5 a.m. periods as shown on the clock (even if the clock jumps ahead) and start at least 168 hours after the start of the previous 34 hour break.


Friday, March 7, 2014


 From time to time, almost all employees are involved in moving materials, structures, or products. These activities often lead to injuries, which, in many instances, can be avoided by using safe material-handling practices. To avoid sprains, strains, muscle pulls, or more severe injuries including death, whenever possible, ensure that mechanical means are used to move heavy, bulky objects. 

Equipment such as powered industrial trucks, cranes, and overhead hoists are used to aid in the movement of materials. These types of equipment often use chains to lift and hold their suspended loads. Following is some guidance on the proper selection, use, and maintenance of lifting chains.  


Alloy steel chains are often used because of their strength, durability, abrasion-resistance, and ability to conform to the shape of the loads on which they are used. In addition, these slings are able to lift hot materials. Alloy steel chain slings are made from various grades of alloy, but the most common grades in use are grades 80 and 100. These chains are manufactured and tested in accordance with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) guidelines. Chains purchased at home-improvement stores may not be rated for lifting so it’s important to check sling rating, grade, and capacity prior to lifting. 
New slings are marked by the manufacture to show size, grade, rated load, and length (reach). 
Designate a qualified person to inspect chains and all fastenings/attachments for damage or defects each day before use. This qualified person also performs additional periodic inspections where service conditions warrant, as determined on the basis of: 
  •  Frequency of sling use.
  •  Severity of service conditions.
  •  Nature of the lifts being made
What to Look for When Doing a Chain Inspection
Make a thorough inspection of slings and attachments. Items to look for include:
  • Wear.
  • Defective welds.
  • Nicks, cracks, breaks, gouges, stretching, bends, discoloration due to excessive heat.
  • Excessive pitting or corrosion.
  • Throat opening of hooks.
  • Missing or illegible sling identifications.
  • Other conditions that cause doubt as to continued safe use of the sling.  
Where any such defect or deterioration is present, remove the sling or attachment from service immediately. Do not use worn or damaged alloy steel chain slings or attachments. Discard or repair them. Use damaged slings only after they are repaired, reconditioned, and proof tested by the sling manufacturer or equivalent entity. See OSHA 1910.184(e)(7)(i) for more information.
                          Safe Lifting Practices
Below are just a few tips to remember when working with lifting chains. For a full list, refer to OSHA 1910.184
  • Do not use alloy steel slings with loads exceeding the rated loads.
  • Use attachments, such as hooks, rings, oblong links, pear-shaped links, or welded or mechanical coupling links that have a rated capacity at least equal to that of the alloy steel chain with which they are used. If attachments with rated capacities lower than the chain are used, ensure that the sling is rated to the weakest component used on the sling.
  • Ensure that personnel do not stand or pass under a suspended load.
  • Make a trial lift and trial lower to ensure the load is balanced, stable and secure.
  • Balance the load to avoid overstress on one sling arm or the load slipping free.
  • Lower the working load limit if severe impact may occur.
  • Pad sharp corners to prevent bending links and to protect the load.
  • Do not leave suspended loads unattended.
  • Store chain sling arms on racks in assigned areas and not on the ground. The storage area should be dry, clean, and free of any contaminants which may harm the sling.