Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 5, No.1, January 2013
SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES
Collisions are not simply a cost of doing business; a truck crash can result in fatalities and injuries and can damage your business reputation. According to Transport Canada’s road safety statistics, 20% of fatalities and 9% of serious injuries involve crashes with heavy commercial vehicles. Fortunately the number of collisions, and consequently the number of casualties, has been declining over the last five years. Safe driving practices have played a part in this trend.
Safe driving practices begin with driver selection and training. Ensure your drivers are fully licensed for the vehicle they will be operating. Check their driving record before you put them on the road and continue to check it annually. Make sure drivers know how to adjust for weather conditions. Monitor their performance and correct any high-risk behaviour, and ensure your drivers perform vehicle inspections and note any defects.
Vehicle maintenance is also a big factor in road safety and in cost reduction. A vehicle defect might result in a breakdown on the road and cause delayed delivery. It might also result in a collision. Before each trip, the driver should confirm that the vehicle’s brakes, steering, lighting, tires, horn, mirrors, and wipers are in working condition. They should also check coupling devices and emergency equipment, and clear the vehicle of debris or snow.
Safe driving practices will reduce your business costs. A non-fatal collision costs your business in lost time, damaged materials, and insurance premiums. A collision resulting in a fatality costs significantly more.
CARI’s 72nd Annual Convention
June 20–22, 2013
at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
in Halifax, Nova Scotia
CARI’s National Golf Tournament
August 22, 2013
at Glen Abbey Golf Course
in Oakville, ON
CARI’s 16th Annual Consumers’ Night
October 28, 2013
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner at (905) 426-9313.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
January 16–18 Salzburg, Austria
12th International Electronics Recycling Congress
February 13–15 Moscow, Russia
9th International Forum
Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap Metals
March 13–15 Brussels, Belgium
13th International Automobile Recycling Congress
March 19–20 New Orleans, LA
Plastics Recycling Conference
April 9–13 Orlando, FL
ISRI Annual Convention & Expo
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