At On Track, every facet and dimension of safety is paramount. And we’ve implemented several best practices to ensure it remains that way. From the beginning, we’ve focused on building a culture of safety to ensure we do the right thing the right way to drive the right outcomes, which is your complete satisfaction.
Safely Driving Through COVID-19 Pandemic
The global COVID-19 has changed the way we all work. And to make sure you and our team remains safe, we have implemented several steps — in addition to all measures put forth by the Centers for Disease Control:
- We attempt to contact facilities in advance to schedule appointments with hopes of achieving contactless delivery.
- Instead of physical, face-to-face conversations, we use phone and radio measures to talk with facility managers, receiving managers, and business owners.
- Our drivers are equipped with face masks and other personal protective equipment to mitigate the possibility of transmission and exposure through.
- We promote proper hand hygiene and avoid touching often-touched surfaces by others when outside of the cab.
- Maintain social distancing measures in and within our facility. Where social distancing is unavoidable, we utilize partition devices.
- Whether it’s at our headquarters or at a distribution center, no one will be able to enter the facility if they are demonstrating any of the known signs.
- We regularly clean our surfaces after and during shifts to reduce the likelihood of transmission.
- We have implemented creative scheduling to manage the number of employees at our distribution centers at any given moment.
- We have created an internal plan in the event one of our employees or a close relative becomes sick with the coronavirus.
- Our drivers limit the amount of time spent outside of the cab for tasks, such as loading, fuel, and unloading.
- We utilize electronic, paperless invoicing for deliveries and other tasks when applicable.
Driver Safety Is Paramount
In addition to a formalized process and extensive training, we practice safe driving and organize our drivers to have enough time to make their routes, so they can focus on the road. Here are a few of our foundational driver safety principles:
- Always maintain a safe following distance based on the conditions of the road
- Stay completely focused on the road ahead and avoid driving while distracted
- Always clear your blind spots prior to changing lanes
- Take your time and Get Out and Look when backing up into areas that aren’t completely visible.
- Wearing the seatbelt and/or safety net is nonnegotiable anytime the truck is moving.
- Ensure your equipment will clear any obstruction.
- If you see unsafe behavior, it’s vital to report it.
- Your equipment is your equipment! You should inspect it before, during, and after every driving shift.
- Drug and alcohol use is not tolerated. We perform random drug tests.
Our Safety Is Your Security
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large-truck occupant truck fatalities in 2017 showed an increase from 786 in 2016 to 870 in 2017, which represented a 6.6% spike. Because of these harrowing statistics, On Track Freight Systems views safety as an organizational goal and important KPI. Our driver safety program is designed to:
- To save lives while reducing the risk of life-altering injuries
- To ensure we’re able to continue to deliver your cargo and freight on time
- To prevent damages to our clients’ cargo and freight
- To protect the organizations human and financial resources
- To protect our brand
Creating a Culture of Safety
At On Track Freight Systems, we don’t just talk about driver safety, it’s a part of who we are. Safety is embedded in the very fibers of our culture and our mission. To ensure we continue to foster a culture of safety and productivity, we’ve strictly followed a few keys to success:
- We maintain an open-door policy for all of our drivers to discuss any type of safety-related issues with management.
- Everyone at On Track Freight Systems is accountable for driver safety — from our receptionists to our drivers. We believe that if you see something, you should say something.
- We empower our drivers to do the right thing — even when no one is looking. To improve driver buy-in, we share company-wide safety indicators.
- We have continually improved hiring policies and standards as well as training to reduce driver fatigue.
- We’ve implemented a zero-tolerance policy for violations regarding hours of service.
- All employees are required to participate in safety training and education programs. This facet has been critical in the development of a culture of safety.
- We utilize several technological tools to continually improve safety.
Contact On Track Freight Systems
At On Track Freight Systems, safety is second to none! We participate in year-round safety and security training to ensure everyone from the receptionist to delivery drivers are well-informed and up to date on the best safety practices. We go the extra distance to give you an added peace of mind.
To learn more about how we continually work to create a culture of safety and productivity, don’t hesitate to reach out to On Track Freight Systems today.