SAFETY, SECURITY, AND ORGANIZATION

Organization, security, and safety are all vital components to a successful construction project. A worker distracted by their personal cell phone could result in poor workmanship, a costly mistake, or danger to other workers. When […] More

3 EASY TIPS TO SECURE CARGO ON THE ROAD

BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CARGO Fifteen years ago, a young woman was seriously injured by road debris on Interstate 405 in Washington. Soon after her mother, Robin Abel, dedicated her life to raising awareness of […] More

THE RAZERLIFT REVOLUTION

AN MWS UPDATE ON THE BRAND’S CARGO SOLUTION A lot has happened since Modern WorkTruck Solutions first reported on the revolutionary RazerLift in the September 2018 edition. Most notably, production, as RazerLift units are with […] More

BEING ACCOUNTABLE

TRUCK DRIVER DEATHS HIT RECORD NUMBERS. WHO’S TO BLAME? Driving a heavy-duty truck remains one of the nation’s deadliest occupations. In 2017, 840 truckers lost their lives on the job, 6.6% more than the 786 […] More

5 STEPS TO SLEEP EDUCATION

INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE SLEEP HEALTH AMONG EMPLOYEES While refueling the tank is essential to keep your truck running, sleep is just as important to keep drivers operating at peak performance. Unfortunately, according to the Centers […] More

TEXTING TRUCKERS

THE DANGERS OF DISTRACTED DRIVING Even if you are not a work truck driver, you’ve likely been warned about using your cell phone—especially texting—while operating a vehicle. However, the dangers of driving while distracted take […] More

NO MORE RISKY BUSINESS

INDUSTRY-WIDE SAFETY HAZARD MEETS SOLUTION WITH CARGOGLIDE OSHA-approved jobsites require stairs for steps that are above 19 inches and handrails for stairs that are more than two steps. This is ultimately for the workers’ safety, […] More

TORNADO ALLEY

SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVING DURING TORNADO SEASON Tornado season is upon us, and we’ve seen unfortunate news in several states regarding tornados touching down and wreaking havoc. Unfortunately, weather changes in an instant, and it’s […] More

FORGOTTEN DANGER

5 TIPS TO PREVENT SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS Driving a truck can be a hazardous profession—and that’s before the driver has even set foot in the cab or put the vehicle in gear. For good […] More

SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT

BAKER ROOFING RELIES ON BLUEARROW TELEMATICS FOR A SAFER WORKFORCE The first thing you notice when you walk into Toby Boyles’ office on the expansive Baker Roofing Company’s campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a […] More

DEDICATION TO SAFETY PAYS OFF

WHY DRIVER TRAINING IS BENEFICIAL If you have the intestinal fortitude to self-insure, you better be sure you have a safe fleet—one filled with checks and balances to ensure a safe operation. For Contract Transport […] More

ARRIVE ALIVE

8 TIPS FOR STAYING BRIGHT-EYED WHILE DRIVING Drunk driving. Distracted driving. We seem to constantly hear about the dangers related to intoxication or smartphone use while behind the wheel. And for good reason, as both […] More

EASING YOUR LOAD

LINK’S SMART SUSPENSION SYSTEMS WILL INCREASE ASSET USE, REDUCE TRAINING TIME, IMPROVE SAFETY, AND ARE COMPATIBLE WITH OEM AND AFTERMARKET INTEGRATION. Traditional auxiliary suspension systems are easy to operate but hard to operate correctly. While […] More

STAYING SAFE IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS

Vocational truck fleets are showing interest in safety systems. While initially designed for highway driving, these advanced safety systems are adapting for use in the very different environments of vocational trucking: congested streets, road construction, […] More

IT'S TIME FOR A REVOLUTION

Traditional commercial vans are losing market share, while a newer—and much taller—commercial van is gaining market share. Similarly, truck canopies have also gotten taller with time. The driving force behind this evolution is in improved […] More

ILLUMINATE YOUR WORK SPACE

LED technology essentially changed the equation when it came to commercial vehicle lighting. Compared to incandescent lamps, LEDs last 50 to 100 times longer, provide superior lighting characteristics, and enable far greater application flexibility. The […] More

MINI CAM, MAJOR IMPACT

Gary Lentsch, fleet manager for the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon, knew that changes were coming to the rules governing vehicle backup cameras. NHTSA’s final rule on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard […] More

MINI CAM, MAJOR IMPACT

Gary Lentsch, fleet manager for the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon, knew that changes were coming to the rules governing vehicle backup cameras. NHTSA’s final rule on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard […] More

PROBLEMS MEET SOLUTIONS

If your company employs cranes on a daily or even weekly basis, you’re well aware of the problems that can arise from their use. If a service crane isn’t operated or maintained properly, it could […] More

TRAINING YOUR DRIVERS: HEAVY-DUTY EXCLUSIVE

The worst time to realize your fleet’s safety program doesn’t measure up is when you’re answering attorneys’ questions in court or at a deposition. Yet, even the best companies can find themselves in that uncomfortable […] More

SIMPLE SAFETY

Afleet manager’s responsibilities range from running the shop, dealing with HR or procurement issues, managing the budget, and—without question—running a shop where all technicians go home unharmed every night. Vehicle service lifts are some of […] More

LIFTING PRODUCTIVITY

Food distribution companies serving restaurants often use refrigerated (reefer) vehicles to deliver frozen and refrigerated groceries as well as dry goods. The cargo compartments of such reefer vehicles are commonly segregated into three chambers. The […] More

NEW BREED OF DELIVERY VEHICLE

The Kin-Slider™ opens and closes in 30 seconds and is the perfect replacement for chassis-mounted truck bodies that now use roll-up doors or traditional curtain-walled solutions Glass truck design started out as a moderately uncomplicated […] More

SAVE A LIFE, USE A SIDE GUARD

In crowded city streets, one of the most deadly accidents to occur is a side-impact collision between cyclists or pedestrians and municipal work trucks, including sanitation vehicles. “During a crash with a truck that has […] More

COMBINING QUALITY WITH QUALITY

In the fire and emergency industry, nearly 80 percent of the vehicles manufactured today have roll-up doors for compartment access. In the work truck industry, probably less than one percent of the work trucks manufactured […] More

TARGETING MARKETS WITH HIGH SAFETY DEMANDS

Safe Fleet is a portfolio of innovative and entrepreneurial brands that provide safety products for fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators worldwide. Many of the founding entrepreneurs shaped these brands by creating disruptive technologies that developed […] More

CARGO STRAPS USED BY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES NOW AVAILABLE TO COMMERCIAL USERS

Cargo security is a must when transporting goods. Purdue University’s “Securing the Load: A Guide to Safe and Legal Transportation of Cargo and Equipment” says “losing cargo on the road is serious business.” Not only […] More

TAKE A SEAT

When it comes to equipping your work vehicles with seating that is ergonomically sound and comfortable, you might want to consider taking a seat at the table next to Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG), which manufactures […] More

NO MORE LIFTING BACK-BREAKING TOOLS

Designed to eliminate the back-breaking labor of loading and unloading a crew’s heavy tools from their truck, Vanair Mobile Power Solutions ETL-500 Electric Tool Lift raises as many as three pneumatic tools—weighing up to 500 […] More

LET THERE BE LIGHT

We’ve all been there. It’s dark outside, you’re searching the bed of your pickup truck to find something, and there isn’t enough light. It might even be your work truck with valuable tools and equipment […] More

REDUCING BLIND ZONES

With a service area spanning eight Northern and Pacific Northwest states, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. keeps a lot of drivers and trucks on the road. The company installs and repairs electric and gas utility lines in […] More

HIRING A SPECIALIST

A truck that’s off the road due to a malfunctioning tarping system is both costly and aggravating. Every day, companies make the risky decision to install a tarping system on their own trucks, which quite […] More

VISION ZERO INITIATIVE

Pedestrians account for approximately 15 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In fact, pedestrian fatalities have increased over the past two years by 22 percent and nine […] More

SAFE, SAFER, SAFEST

Safety vests, safety glasses, safety straps, and safety belts. These are just a few things that we can associate with the idea of the need for safety and some of the tools we use to […] More

LIFT WITH CARE

Following a detailed review of truck maintenance facilities across North America, vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni has just released what it calls the “Seven Key Steps” to improving safety for busy technicians working on the shop […] More

IMPROVING SAFETY AND EFFICIENCY

In recent travels, I have had the chance to visit several heavy-duty truck operations. No two locations were alike. I’ve seen everything from a small operation with eight trucks serviced in a two-bay garage to […] More

PRESERVATION OF SOUND

Exposure to environmental noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss throughout the world. Every day we are flooded with transport, industrial, and recreational noises. Some have the added hazard of excessive noise […] More

TAKING ON WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS

As you’ve no doubt already experienced, winter inevitably brings with it challenging driving conditions. Snow and ice litter roadways, creating obstacles and causing unpredictable vehicle response. Slippery conditions are difficult to avoid and preparation for […] More

THE LATEST IN CARGO VAN UPFITS KEEP ERGONOMICS IN MIND

The world of the mobile professional can often be dangerous, and concern for safety has increasingly become vital. Fortunately for the mobile tradesman or fleet manager, the products available to upfit a service vehicle have […] More

TOP BRAKE MANUFACTURERS DESIGN FOR NVH CONTROL

Brake technology is one of the greatest contributors to the presence of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) in vehicles; however, top-quality brake technology can successfully control NVH to give a safer, more comfortable ride. Friction […] More

KEY FACTORS

Selecting the right tires is key to receiving the best value and performance from your replacement tires. Here are a few key factors to take into account when purchasing replacement tires: Select the best tire […] More

SAFETY STARTS AT GROUND LEVEL

With National Tire Safety Week just behind us, it’s important to keep tire safety practices fresh in your mind—especially since it’s a year-round issue. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is helping drivers prepare their tires for the […] More

CLEAR VISIBILITY

Safety is always an industry concern. One major factor contributing to safe driving is, well, the ability to see. Point in case, companies are manufacturing trucks with larger windshields for increased visibility. With all the […] More

ELEVATE YOUR AERIAL'S PRODUCTIVITY: PART 2 OF 2

One of the biggest challenges for utility crews on any jobsite is being exposed to traffic. Line personnel need to take traffic control efforts seriously, including paying attention to signs before and after the work […] More

ELEVATE YOUR AERIAL'S PRODUCTIVITY: PART 1 OF 2

Whether your utility work involves power, telecom, or CATV, aerial devices—particularly bucket trucks—are some of the most important machines in your equipment fleet. To maintain safe productivity on any jobsite, follow these best practices for […] More

VEHICLE LIFT SAFETY

As a fleet manager, nothing is more important than everyone in your shop going home safely at the end of each shift. Increasing your technician’s shop safety can happen in many areas, but for this […] More

BUILDING A FLEET SAFETY PROGRAM: PART 2 OF 2

Part one of this article discussed forward crash avoidance systems and some issues that may arise by utilizing such a system independent of other safety features available. In part two, Kinniry discusses solutions to build […] More

FATIGUE MANAGEMENT: PART 2 OF 2

What are the key elements of a solid Fatigue Management Program (FMP)? I believe it starts with commitment from the top. What’s important to your leadership will be important to your entire organization. It’s not […] More

BUILDING A FLEET SAFETY PROGRAM

It’s probably just a matter of time before onboard driver assist systems become a regular feature of fleet vehicles. The data gathered so far proves that at least some of the dozen or so technologies […] More

MAXIMIZE ALERTNESS

Fatigue management is a complex subject with a number of key areas that have an impact on fatigue, alertness, and well-being. Perhaps the core area of fatigue management is sleep and all the ways it […] More

FATIGUE MANAGEMENT: PART 1 OF 2

Looking back on 20 years in operations and safety leadership in the trucking industry, I’ve learned many things. Our business is always changing. To be successful, companies must learn to plan for changes and evolve […] More

ALL TIED DOWN

Service-oriented fleets, as well as traditional transportation companies, rely on drivers to safely deliver equipment and materials. Often, these delivery sites are far less organized than brick-and-mortar freight docks. The risks are different and company […] More