5 steps to avoid slips, trips and falls in a fleet yard
As troubling as those statistics from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety appear, gains are being realized. This year the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia saw 19 such injuries as of mid-June, compared to 107 in 2018. But even there, slips, trips and falls are second only to motor vehicle accidents when it comes to workplace injuries.
Despite the trucking industry’s ‘tremendous’ progress shown by a nearly 40% decrease in claim volumes, along with a 23% drop in loss-time injuries, preventing such accidents remains a priority, said Dennita Fitzpatrick, the compensation board’s vice-president of prevention and return to work.
“I disagree that accidents like slips, trips and falls just happen – and every one of those is a completely preventable injury. And the notion of injury prevention is moving from knowing to caring.”
Trucking costs reach record highs
The total cost of trucking increased 12.7% in 2021, to US$1.855 per mile, according to the study of U.S. fleets. That’s the highest cost on record, and was driven by fuel (+35.4% compared to 2020), repair and maintenance costs (+18.2%), and driver wages (+10.8%).
Collectively, costs were up US$74.65 per hour compared to the previous year.
Smaller fleets were hit hardest, with fleets running 100 or fewer trucks seeing their costs increase 4.9 cents a mile more than larger fleets.
Driver compensation averaged 80.9 U.S. cents a mile, a 10% increase over 2020, ATRI reports.
In response, fleets decreased deadhead miles to 14.8% and improved average fuel economy to 6.65 miles per gallon.
“The last couple years have created great uncertainties in trucking, but ATRI’s newest Operational Costs report provides critical data and insights into the trends and anomalies that emerged in 2021. As the report hints, the coming year holds opportunity for continued growth in our industry,” said Ozark Motor Lines chief financial officer Jason Higginbotham.
Feds Confirm Border Vaccine Mandate Remains in Place for Truck Drivers; Domestic Mandate for Federally Regulated Sectors Suspended
Although there are no changes to land border polices regarding the vaccine mandate, the federal government did announce the suspension of mandatory vaccination requirements for most domestic and international air travellers to assist with delays related to air travel.
More information on the announcement can be found here.
The border vaccination mandate has been in place for both Canada and the U.S. since January of 2022. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is reminding members that any future removal of the land border vaccination mandate remains a bilateral decision, and the Alliance continues to work with officials on both sides of the border on this policy.
Mandatory vaccination requirements for entry into Canada by foreign nationals also remains unchanged. Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated continue to be prohibited entry into Canada.
The Government of Canada also announced that, as of June 20, 2022, it will be suspending the mandatory vaccination requirement for employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors. Furthermore, the Government of Canada is no longer moving forward with consultations and proposed regulations on mandatory vaccination requirements for all federally regulated workplaces.
The federally regulated trucking sector was granted exempt status from the domestic mandate in the summer of 2021.
The Government of Canada emphasized “it would continue to evaluate measures and will not hesitate to make adjustments based on the latest public health advice and science to keep Canadians and the transportation system safe and secure.”
CTA will continue to update members on any changes regarding entry requirements or vaccination mandates as they are announced.