Safety

Safety and Transportation

Here Today and Gone Tomorrow

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

Several weeks ago I watched a Mel Brooks movie called The Twelve Chairs; it’s very funny. It takes place in Soviet Russia in the 1920s, so there is a lot of dark humor. The plot revolves around a formerly aristocratic family that lost everything during the Bolshevik Revolution and as the movie begins, the family’s mother is dying. [Read More]

Taking the Risk

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

Consider for a moment that we all take risks and in so doing we commit ourselves to a course of action…and consequences…for better or for worse. That’s risk. [Read More]

Safety and Security

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

Whenever I am watching an old movie (let’s define old: 1930-1960) I am impressed with how casual we were back then with safety and security. Scenes where characters are boarding airplanes seem like a Disney World Fantasy Land. They go to a ticket counter, get their bags checked in, there are no questions about where those bags have been and in whose possession, and then they calmly saunter over to a sitting area to wait for their flight to be called. [Read More]

Hands on the Wheel – Mind on the Phone

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

Let’s face it: we’re addicted to electronic devices, especially cell phones. In the attempt to forestall the increasing number of highway fatalities associated with what used to be called cell phone use (we now have electronic devices) the Department of Transportation issued a regulation barring drivers of commercial vehicles from using a cell phone while driving. [Read More]

Mentoring the (Professional) Younger Driver

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

As older experienced drivers retire the trucking industry has discovered it’s in a bind finding that it doesn’t have enough qualified (hopefully safe) drivers to fill its needs. [Read More]

Live Free or….Die?

By Geoffrey H. Doughty
Director of Safety & Loss Control

As a safety professional, perhaps more than the average person, I see a lot of behavior that can be deemed unsafe. This is particularly true when it comes to driving motor vehicles. You see it also: drivers talking on cell phones, texting (yes, despite laws prohibiting such behavior, people still believe they can do it safely), eating, reading, etc. Driving has become a very casual task and in so doing it has made driving more dangerous than it is already. [Read More]

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