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Holiday Security Protocols

Saturday, December 22, 2012

‘Tis the season to be a cargo thief, now that most of the goods have been shipped, many facilities and warehouses will be closed or having extended dark hours during the upcoming holidays, and thieves will be using this time to find easy targets involving warehouses and loaded trailers/rigs left unattended (Coughlin & Tiger, 2012).

The Christmas and New Year’s elongated holiday weekends will provide cargo thieves a prime opportunity to take advantage of businesses that do not prepare properly for this downtime. Below is a list of suggestions to help maintain the integrity of:

  • Check security alarm and surveillance systems to ensure proper working order.
  • Ensure batteries are fresh in exit doors and back up cellular phone.
  • Perform perimeter checks, look at fencing or other types of barriers to ensure they are properly secured.
  • Ensure company alarm call list is current and contains valid phone numbers. Require responsible persons to respond to all alarm calls, even if the system is suspected of malfunctioning.
  • Contact law enforcement and ask for additional patrols in the area.
  • Remove keys from all warehouse equipment (forklifts) and place in a secure location (Coughlin & Tiger, 2012).
Freight In-Transit:
  • If you have to leave your rig or loaded trailer unattended, look for a secure lot or authorized location to leave vehicles.
  • If forced to leave vehicles at a public facility (truck stop, etc.) pick one that is well lit and utilizes surveillance equipment.
  • Use covert trucking devices in the cargo with geo-fencing and alert notifications.
  • Secure the tractor and trailer with a steering wheel locking device, kingpin locks, glad-hand locks (or other security equipment.) Put industrial strength padlocks on trailers.
  • Do Not leave keys inside tractor.
  • Check on the unattended vehicles as frequently as possible.
  • Notify dispatch of where and when you have dropped the load and estimated time of return (Coughlin & Tiger, 2012).

Everyone here at Dawson Transportation Services wishes you a Happy Holidays and New Year!  Please be safe out on the roads this Holiday Season!

Coughlin, J.J. & Tiger, A. (2012). Holiday Security Protocols. Supply Chain Integrity electronic communication. 

Distracted Driving

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Most of us are quite aware of the dangers associated with distracted driving, but for some reason we still do it  every day. Whether it’s texting, eating food, or checking email, drivers are putting themselves and others at risk. John Burtch, President of Dawson Transportation Services recently did a seminar on the dangers associated with distracted driving. Attached to this post you will find a copy of the presentation that John put together. Please feel free to share this with friends, family, and co-workers. If you are interested in Dawson Transportation stopping out and speaking with the company drivers about the risks associated with distracted driving please feel free to contact us.

Click here for a PDF copy of the Distracted Driver presentation slides.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Updates

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FMCSA Proposes Rule Which Targets Officials of Unsafe Carriers

Federal Officials are looking for authority to shut down motor carriers that employ officers who have shown disregard for safety regulations. The proposal, which was released Friday, strengthens FMCSA’s “ability to take unsafe trucks and buses off the road if the agency finds that a carrier purposefully employs officers with a history of blatant disregard for safety,” the agency said (Miller, 2012).

If this proposal is finalized, it would implement provisions of major transportation laws passed back in 2005 and also earlier this year (Miller, 2012).

The FMCSA is accepting public comments on this proposed regulation until January 13th.

FMCSA Eliminates 10-Day Extension to Appeal

The FMCSA has announced that bus and truck companies will no longer be granted the 10-day extension to resolve an appeal which was previously permitted. This new rule stems from a fatal bus crash which occurred in 2011, for which the carrier was given the 10-day extension period to appeal (Cama, 2012).

In 2011, 55 bus or truck carriers were ordered out-of-service, 8 of which were granted 10-day extensions. “There is no excuse for delay when a bus operator should be put out of service for safety’s sake,” Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated (Cama, 2012).

Cama, T. (2012, November 19). FMCSA Proposes Rule Which Targets Officials of Unsafe Carriers. Transport Topics .
Miller, E. (2012, November 12). FMCSA Eliminates 10-Day Extension to Appeal. Transport Topics .

Welcome to the new Dawson Transportation Blog!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Welcome to the Dawson Transportation Services official blog. Dawson currently has offices located in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina and is licensed in 48 U.S. states. For over 80 years, Dawson has provided individuals, families and businesses of all types with quality insurance products designed specifically to meet their coverage needs. With our team of professionals at their side, our clients enjoy the peace of mind that they deserve.

At Dawson Companies we value how important it is to have useful insurance information at your fingertips. We get questions about insurance every day, which is why we have decided to start a blog to keep you up to date on current insurance related topics.

Please keep in mind that all policies are different. While we hope to use this blog as a place for individuals to gain some insight about insurance, we always recommend that you speak directly with a licensed insurance agent regarding issues specific to your policy.

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