Gobbell Transportation Safety LLC.
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Hours of Service Training—FMCSA’s driver out of service inspections are not only very expensive but this SafeStat Safety Management Area (SMA) counts 1 1/2 times its weight when FMCSA calculates a motor carrier’s SafeStat category. Motor carriers can manage their Driver SEA scores. Out training program is designed to train both drivers and operation personnel in the hours of service rules, the most common areas that result in the Out of Service Inspections, and provide the knowledge to the trainees needed to insure that hours of service is a way of doing business, not just “driver only” responsibility.
This training usually takes about three hours. At the end of the training, Certificates of Completion are issued to each attendee.
Pre-Trip Inspections– The next SafeStat SMA that is very manageable is the vehicle SMA, out of service score. Most out of service inspections are the results of a breakdown in driver and management controls that should insure that every vehicle inspected is in a well maintained and safe condition before it is allowed to be operated upon the highway.
While this seems like a simple procedure, 22% of the vehicles inspected on the highway are placed “Out of Service” by state and federal inspectors. That is, 22% of the vehicles inspected are being operated in a condition that is likely to result in a breakdown or accident (49 CFR 396.7(a)).
This training is designed very similar to the training provided to State and Federal Inspectors. We certainly don’t want to teach our students how to properly repair a vehicle but to be able to detect and report equipment defects, immediate and effective corrections are made, and that each time a vehicle leaves a carrier’s facility, it is in a safe operating condition.
This training includes instruction on the North American Standard Vehicle Inspection Procedure and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association’s latest Out of Service Criteria.
Hazardous Materials General Awareness/Familiarization, Function Specific and Security Awareness Training—49 CFR 172.700
Most motor carriers and shippers are of the opinion that this training is only required for shipment requiring a placard and/or when it is required that a Driver has a Hazardous Materials Endorsement on his/her CDL.
This belief has caused a lot of carriers and shippers to be fined by FMCSA when motor carriers are the subject of a Compliance Review for whatever reason.
This training is required for any hazardous material of any quantity. (i.e. something as simple as hair spray or whip cream in a pressured container, strike anywhere matches, and charcoal lighter fluid ...... things you buy for your home in a store, known as “Consumer Commodities.”)
Most Property Brokers have no idea that they are subject to this training. The U.S.DOT/Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has provided a Guide for Brokers, Forwarding Agents, Freight Forwarders and Warehousers that clearly provides this guidance .
SafeStat/CSA2010 Training - Following some recent Court Decisions, Brokers have increasingly become the subject of civil actions stemming from crashes involving motor carriers.
FMCSA provides a large amount of safety data on it’s web site relating to every motor carrier that it has issued a DOT number to. Brokers need to know where this data is, how to interpret the data and in some cases not tender freight to some of what FMCSA describes as a motor carrier with a "deficient” safety performance history. Another term used by FMCSA is a possible At Risk Motor Carrier.
Our training in this area provides a Broker the knowledge to locate, review, and evaluate motor carriers they tender their freight too. With this training Brokers are in a much better position to insure that the motor carriers they are using are safe motor carriers and if they are involved in a crash, the likelihood of being included in these civil actions or the amount of judgments rendered by the courts are significantly mitigated.
All of our training programs are designed with our clients logo and the certificates we issue clearly show that the training provided was sponsored by our client.