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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of workplace death. With one in four crashes estimated to involve cell phone use, we need to be concerned. Join NSC in educating your workers on the risks of driver cell phone use. Calls kill - it doesn't matter if a driver is talking on a handheld or hands-free device. More than 30 studies show hands-free doesn't make a driver any safer - the brain remains distracted by the conversation.

Join us for two free webinars, hosted by experts on distracted driving:

April 9, "Our Brains on Technology: A Risky Combo for Drivers"

April 21 "Hands-free or Handheld: Risks your Workplace Can't Afford."

Download these resources including, posters, fact sheets and a PowerPoint presentation to engage your employees during Distracted Driving Awareness month.

Encourage your employees to take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free.

http://files.ctctcdn.com/5a30c209001/0fc72d56-8d22-4801-87a3-7294cf2bd9ef.jpgDon't Assume the Driver Sees You

Focused Driver Challenge

Just Not Worth It

Consequences Can Be Deadly

Factsheet Habits Worth Breaking

Factsheet Hands Free Myth

 

Visit nsc.org/cellfree for details.

REFERENCES: National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143-3201, Benefits Spotlight, April 2015

This Week's Training Shorts

 

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These training shorts can increase safe work habits, productivity, and morale. The shorts cover a wide variety of work-related subjects to assist your organization in preventing injuries.

Incident Investigation - English

What to do when investigating an accident.
Incident Investigation - English

Incident Investigation - Spanish

What to do when investigating an accident.
Incident Investigation - Spanish

 

 

This Week's Training Shorts

These training shorts can increase safe work habits, productivity, and morale. The shorts cover a wide variety of work-related subjects to assist your organization in preventing injuries.

Safety - Everyone's Responsibility - English

Presents the worker's responsibility for creating a safe workplace.
Safety - Everyone's Responsibility - English

Safety - Everyone's Responsibility - Spanish

Presents the worker's responsibility for creating a safe workplace.
Safety - Everyone's Responsibility - Spanish

 

Office Closing Early 03/04/2015

Due to inclement weather in our area, we have decided to close our office at 3pm today, March 4th, 2015.

The Tedrick Group Recognizes Bolin Enterprises, Inc. as a Wellness Partner and Champion

Casey, Ill. (February 27, 2015) – Bolin Enterprises, Inc. a pipeline maintenance company in Casey, Ill., was recognized by The Tedrick Group as its first annual Corporate Wellness Partner. Additionally, Bolin Enterprises, Inc. HR and Marketing Manager, Deb Bohannon, was recognized by The Tedrick Group as its first annual Wellness Champion recipient.

 

The Tedrick Group Risk Management Consultants, Scott Giles and Chad Brandon, presented the recognition during the weekly Monday morning safety meeting on February 23, 2015.

 

The Tedrick Group, Risk Management Solutions, is committed to the growth and success for their customers throughout their initiatives involving Healthcare, Human Resources & Benefits and promoting a safe working environment. The Tedrick Group created the Wellness Partner and Champion Recognition Awards in 2014 as a way to acknowledge how companies are challenging themselves to accommodate the recent healthcare industry changes and to improve the overall health of their employee base.

 

“I am honored that Bolin Enterprises, Inc. has received these recognitions,” says Judy Bolin, President. “We have always had a Safety First moto in which our goal is that each day concludes with completing the circle of excellence and all employees return home safely.  Getting annual Wellness checks and being aware of health risks is part of that too.”

 

Bolin Enterprises, Inc. (BEI) a major pipeline company was started in 1986 as a family owned paint and body shop. In 1987, BEI began performing sandblasting and painting of exposed pipe locations. This rapidly expanded to include a variety of pipeline maintenance projects that propelled BEI into the pipeline maintenance arena with contracts with several pipeline companies. In 2003, BEI expanded services to include Underground Storage Tank (UST) and Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Inspections / Cleanings / and Coatings. They are currently performing UST and AST Tank Inspections in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

 

BEI is centrally located between Indianapolis, IN and St. Louis, MO on Interstate 70, placing the company in the heart of many major pipelines and communication hubs in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and various Kentucky markets.  For more information visit Bolin Enterprises, Inc. website at www.bolininc.com.  General inquiries can be emailed to info@bolininc.com or call BEI direct at 1-800-650-7834.

 

 

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Rollback of Hours of Service Restart Rule Creates Potential for Confusion

One of the most controversial pieces of the Hours of Service (HOS) rules put into place in 2013 was a limitation on the 34-hour restart for drivers. In July 2013, the 34-hour restart rule was restricted so that drivers could only restart once every seven calendar days (168 hours) to reset the 60 or 70 hour clock. In addition, the restart needed to include two nighttime periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., using the driver's home terminal time zone.
 
Those restrictions were overturned as part of the congressional budget bill passed in December 2014, returning the restart and other HOS regulations to pre-2013 requirements. In the wake of the legislation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) immediately suspended the requirement that each restart contain two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. overnights and the prohibition on using the provision more frequently than once every seven days.
 
While the suspension was immediate and the FMCSA is required by the law to produce a Federal Register notice to alert drivers, enforcers and other stakeholders of the change, it may take those charged with enforcement of the regulations a while to catch up. Truckers should be aware that current legislation means that:
 

There is no limit on the number of restarts a driver or motor carrier can use: the 2013 limitation of one restart every 168 consecutive hours in 7 days requirement is now gone.
The 34 consecutive hour restart can begin and end at any time during the day or night, and the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. consecutive nights requirement is also gone.
The 34 consecutive hour restart can commence at anytime regardless of the number of cumulative hours worked.


Although restart limitations were overturned, the 30 minute rest break required for all drivers who complete records of duty status is retained. This rule is not applicable to 100- or 150-air-mile radius operations. For more information on the hours of service rule visit the FMCSA web page on the subject by clicking the link below.

FMCSA - Hours of Service


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ACUITY Trucking Team

InGear Express Trucking News

 

Please join us for the Reducing Your Total Cost of Risk seminar

Are you aware of your organization's Total Cost of Risk?

Many companies do not know the real direct and indirect cost of incidents, claims, and losses within their organization. Understanding the Total Cost of Risk is essential to help organizations reduce exposure, save money, and streamline and evaluate the effectiveness of their risk management program.

We're pleased to invite you to an in-depth and engaging review of the trends, issues, opportunities, and solutions for proactive enterprise risk management. Learn more and open your eyes to the Total Cost of Risk. This workshop also provides you and your organization with a comprehensive and practical overview of strategies and tools that your organization can apply within your Risk Management Center.

Please plan on attending the Reducing Your Total Cost of Risk seminar.

Location: Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon
145 North 44th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL, 62864

Date: Wednesday, December 17th
Time: Registration at 8:30 AM,
Speaker begins at 9 AM.

Cost: Free

Click to RSVP

Questions? Contact Carrie Wheeler at carriew@tedrickgroup.com or 618.244.5800.

This informative seminar is being brought to you through a partnership between The Tedrick Group and Succeed Management Solutions, LLC. The class will be led by Curt Shaw, President/CEO & founder of Succeed. Curt Shaw has over 35 years of experience in key management positions with Fortune 500 organizations and insurers, and founded the Succeed team as a successful consulting business. Curt is a retired Board Certified Industrial Hygienist and Safety Professional of 30 years, and an Environmental Engineer with an industry-wide reputation as the expert on risk mitigation and compliance.

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OSHA Introduces New Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries

Starting January 1, 2015, in addition to notifying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of all work-related fatalities, employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to notify OSHA when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. Fatalities must be reported within 8 hours, and hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye must be reported within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.

All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining routine injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA's new severe injury and illness reporting requirements. To assist employers in fulfilling these requirements, OSHA is developing a Web portal for employers to report incidents electronically, in addition to the phone reporting options. Find the text of the final rule and additional information on record-keeping requirements on OSHA's website. Contractors must act quickly to update their compliance procedures and train field supervisors on these new reporting requirements.

IRMI Construction Risk Manager|  October 9, 2014 | Issue 58 | ISSN: 1949-419X

New Partnership with Succeed Management Solutions

We wanted to announce a new partnership with Succeed Management Solutions, the provider of a comprehensive Risk Management Software Platform. Clients of the Tedrick Group have access to our Risk Management Center - a web-based risk management software platform that includes the following:

  • The Library -  containing thousands of turn-key risk management documents, in both English & Spanish.
  • Training Track – an online training application that makes a selection of training modules freely available.
  • Incident Track OSHA 300 – an online application that makes OSHA recordkeeping easy.
  • HR Essentials – access to Bloomberg BNA’s comprehensive library of human resources materials.

All of the above are made available to our clients at no additional charge.

Illinois Marketplace / Exchange Open Enrollment

Illinois HealthCare Exchange / Marketplace open enrollment period is approaching. The proposed Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014–February 15, 2015, for benefits effective January 1, 2015. Open enrollment is the only time of year you can get a major medical plan that will count as minimum essential coverage in the individual and family market without qualifying for a special enrollment period.

The qualifying events listed below will result in a special enrollment period under Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform).

  • Getting married
  • Having, adopting, or placement of a child
  • Permanently moving to a new area that offers different health plan options
  • Losing other health coverage for example, due to a job loss, divorce, loss of eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, expiration of COBRA coverage, or a health plan being decertified. (Voluntarily terminating/dropping other health coverage due to a premium increase or being terminated for not paying your premiums will not be considered loss of coverage.)

 

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