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Safety by the numbers (August)

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Data analysis is the new core competency.

by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fleet Owner, August 2015

 

The opening general session of this year’s National Safety Conference will highlight a report on a year-long study that just ended. Titled The Efficacy of Active Safety Technologies and Policies within Private Fleets, the report was sponsored by NPTC and conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Private fleets are at the forefront of the industry in equipping their trucks with multiple types of active safety technologies and are integrating these technologies with enlightened, research-based safety policies and protocols to achieve optimal safety performance results. As a result of this pioneering effort, private fleets have a significant record of experience and available data to form the basis for the independent research study.

John Woodrooffe, principal lead UMTRI researcher, will present the findings of the study, which involved several private fleets of varying sizes, complexities, and markets. He will summarize what works and why, and describe models of technologies and policy adoption that may be best suited for private fleets.

Following this report, a panel of fleet safety specialists will take up the critical subject of predictive analytics and using data to prevent accidents before they happen. The specialists will discuss how a systemic analysis of safety-related data can become an invaluable tool for intervention and coaching of drivers whose day-to-day operational performance can disclose an accident waiting to happen. 

Daily safety-in-the-round sessions are planned on subjects like successful DataQ strategies; mock auditing; driver recruiting, hiring standards, and the PSP process; ensuring compliance at multiple sites; key performance safety metrics; the aging driver and workers’ compensation; effective screening protocols; and other important safety topics.

Leading off the second day of the conference will be a top litigation lawyer specializing in truck accidents. He will describe the virtual explosion of commercial truck lawsuits now taking place at an unprecedented scale. Such claims include the catastrophic accident involving multiple vehicles, several defendant companies, significant losses of life and property, and record-setting settlement figures and jury awards. In this climate, a trucking company’s safety performance and management philosophies are often on trial to expose potential negligence.

The National Driver All-Star luncheon and recognition ceremony will honor some of the nation’s top private fleet drivers who are at the top of their profession in terms of safety, compliance, and customer service. This unique driver recognition program is sponsored by International Trucks/Navistar Inc.

“The theme of our conference – ‘safety in the numbers’ – pretty much captures the leading trend for safety professionals today,” comments Carol Heinowski, logistics manager at Meijer Inc. and chairman of the NPTC Safety Committee. “Plan to attend and find out why data analysis is becoming an essential core competency for today’s leading-edge private fleet safety specialist.”

You cannot afford to miss this exciting and informative “break-through” event, which will be held at the Dulles Hyatt Hotel on Sept. 10-11. Check out www.nptc.org for details.

Superior fleet solutions (July)

Three years ago, the privately owned company formerly known as Hickory Springs Manufacturing changed its name to HSM and began a dynamic transformation of corporate rebranding and reinvigoration. A new CEO with dynamic and visionary leadership came on board, organized a new ...   read more . . .

Sustainable Solutions (June)

UNIFI Manufacturing in Greensboro, NC, is a leading producer of multi-filament POY, textured and staple polyester, nylon-textured yarns, recycled PET chip, and premier value-added yarns. Since 2007, UNIFI has become a global leader in offering transparent and certifiable    read more . . .

Better Ingredients (May)

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“Best Drivers in America” (April)

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Biggest and Best (March)

This year’s NPTC Annual Conference scheduled for April 26-28 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and Duke Energy Convention Center is on track to be the largest, best-attended, and greatest read more . . .

Productivity Boost (February)

The National Private Truck Council has joined the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP), a group of shippers, motor carriers and their associations seeking to increase truck weight limits.      read more . . .

Premier Safety Culture (January)

Founded nearly 20 years ago, Sentinel Transportation is a national model of exceptionally high safety management standards and operational practices.  The company’s 750 employees, including 650 drivers and 400 tractors, operate out of 40 terminals. Sentinel provides specialized         read more . . .

Higher Education (December)

Leading private fleet management practitioners and supplier partners will gather in Jacksonville, FL, January 17-21, 2015, for the Private Fleet Management Institute (PFMI) in what promises to be the best program in the event’s two decade-long history. Since the event has a         read more . . .

Raising the Safety Bar (November)

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A Star Behind the Wheel (October)

In conjunction with its annual National Safety Conference, NPTC is pleased to recognize a unique group of some of the nation’s top private fleet drivers.  They are recognized as such by being selected as an NPTC National Driver All-Star.  The program, which is now     read more . . .

Setting The Standard (September)

Started by C. L. George over 90 years ago in a modest country store outside of Springdale, AR, George’s Inc. began as a one-truck operation hauling live poultry to major cities in the Midwest. Today, the fourth-generation, privately held company has grown into a highly successful producer of read more . . .

Safety Summit (August)

The annual NPTC National Safety Conference, scheduled for September 11-12, will again be held near the Washington Dulles International Airport at the Dulles Hyatt Hotel. Check out NPTC’s home page at www.nptc.org for details about hotel reservations and conference registration.

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Their Own Fleet (July)

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A Winner – Again (June)

Attendees at  NPTC’s 2014 Annual Conference felt that this was perhaps the best overall event in the Council’s history.

“This was a great show and more spectacular than ever. Everyone seemed pleased,”  commented an attendee.

“All the speakers were  phenomenal and the food was incredible,” said another.  “A great job of creating natural…opportunities for vendors and fleets to interact.”   read more . . .

Driving ‘Helpful’ Customer Service (May)

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Ace Hardware began as a small chain of independent hardware retailers that decided to come together to achieve consolidated buying power and market advantage.  Today, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry with more than 4,850 . . .

Medical Coaches (April)

Alliance Imaging, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, is the largest premier provider of advanced diagnostic imaging services in the United States, with more than 1,000 hospital partners and other health care clients located in 46 states.  In addition to  read more ....

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Core values (February)

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You Must Be Present to Win (January)

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