Fleet Safety Council member fleets named in Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Truckload Carriers Association together with CarriersEdge announced the 2016 Best Fleets To Drive For today.

According to the companies, the 8th annual Best Fleets To Drive For  program recognizes 20 for-hire trucking companies across North America for their outstanding workplace experience and professional drivers. One quarter of the Best Fleets to Drive this year for were Canadian carriers.

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IHSA Safety Talk – Slip and Fall Hazard for Truck Drivers

Slip and fall hazards continue to create critical injuries to Ontario’s truck drivers. Slippery surfaces in loading areas, icy weather conditions, and drivers jumping down from the cab are just a few of the slip and fall hazards they face.

Read IHSA’s safety talk on Slip and fall hazards for truck drivers.

Toronto FSC Chapter supports OTA Stakeholder Strategic Review Committee re MELT

At the January 21st, 2016 meeting of the Fleet Safety Council Toronto Chapter, the members carried a motion to support the Ontario Trucking Association and the Stakeholder Strategic Review Committee that it is important, for the mandatory entry level training standard (MELT) to achieve its desired goal, that:

  • The MTCU standard is consistent with and reflective of the National Occupational Standard for truck drivers;
  • The learning outcomes and performance objectives are competency-based, measurable and observable.
  • It be recognized that the point of graduation or “end point” of the MELT process is the when the competency level achieved is sufficient for the candidate driver to pass the MTO written and practical commercial driver’s license test.

The Toronto FSC Chapter shares the joint concern that the MTCU draft standard as currently written, does not meet the above criteria and requires a significant amount of work and revision before it would form a basis for the desired improvement in the quality of truck driver training sought by the introduction of mandatory entry level training.

Logikor driver named FSC Central Region Chapter Driver of the Year

Darcy Kells, a company driver with Logikor, was named the Fleet Safety Council’s Central Region Chapter Driver of the Year recently. Click here to read the full story

Mike Wright named Toronto FSC Chapter Driver Trainer of the Year

Mike Wright Toronto FSC Driver Trainer of the Year 2015

FSC Website is in process of being updated

Attention Fleet Safety Council Members – we are in the process of updating the website to make it easier and more useful for everyone.  We have updated the minutes for all chapters which can now be found by clicking on the minutes tab above and logging in.

Keep checking back to see what is new!!

Sleep Apnea – Snore! A Story To Put You To Sleep

An estimated 858,900 Canadians over the age of 18 have been
diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, according to a 2009
Canadian Community Health Survey. And the National Commission
on Sleep Disorders Research now tells us that sleep apnea has been
connected to about 38,000 deaths per year. Yikes! Unfortunately,
many people do not realize that they suffer from this condition – it is
estimated that there are as many as half a million people suffering and
undiagnosed. This would include many truck drivers who suffer from
sleep apnea and just shrug it off, thinking that there’s nothing they can
do about it.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Do you often feel tired or irritable? Do you snore, and toss and turn
throughout the night? As defined in the 2009 Canadian Community
Health Survey, sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder
where the individual experiences pauses in breathing while sleeping,
on average for 10-30 seconds. It can happen several times during
your sleep, and it’s caused by the throat muscles relaxing and the soft
tissue in the back of the throat collapsing and closing up the airways.
These episodes can interrupt your ability to get a restful sleep and
leave you feeling sleep-deprived when you wake up. Even if you have
been in bed for six to eight hours, you wake up feeling as if you only
had two hours sleep. Over time, this can seriously impact your ability
to drive.
Paul Cote, Safety Director for Premier Bulk Systems in Ontario, is just
one carrier taking a pro-active approach. He has two drivers in his
fleet that suffer from sleep apnea. The company started by installing
inverters in the trucks to accommodate the power needs of a
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. Paul is now
looking into developing a program, but before he moves forward he
wants to make sure he and his staff are well educated on OSA and
understand the needs of the drivers who have to deal with it. His next
steps will be to educate his drivers and implement a formal program to
address the issue as a viable health and safety concern.
OSA in the transportation industry
Along with other industries, trucking has taken an interest in recent
reports on how sleep apnea can affect those who drive for a living.
The Fleet Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that
as many as 28% of drivers with a commercial driver’s license may
have some type of a sleep disorder. Rui M. Fernandes, the author
of “Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Transportation”, states that, of some
5,000 driver deaths annually from traffic accidents, approximately 30%
are due to drowsiness and/or sleep apnea incidents. He also cites the
case of a lawsuit in Canada in 2004: A driver was acquitted in the
Alberta Provincial Court of a dangerous driving charge when his
vehicle rear-ended another vehicle, which was then struck by a
tractor-trailer. The accused’s defense was that he was unaware that
he suffered from OSA, with the potential to cause “micro-sleeps”, and
expert opinion indicated that the accused was likely experiencing a
micro-sleep seconds before the accident.
Time to wake up!
The Canadian Trucking Alliance has partnered with OSA Canada to
help combat this issue by delivering a full-service sleep apnea
program to commercial truck drivers. This includes screening, testing
and diagnosis, as well as access to treatment methods such as the
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine and breathing
mask. The full-service program provides a unique solution and,
potentially, a healthier and safer quality of life for fleet drivers.
When to see your doctor
If you are concerned about whether or not you suffer from OSA, here
are some signs and symptoms to watch for:
• unusual daytime sleepiness
• loud snoring followed by silent pauses and/or gasping or choking
during sleep
• morning headaches
• increased irritability or mood changes
• poor concentration or memory loss
• falling asleep while driving