On February 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced plans for a commercial vehicle ban on all major highways in Eastern Pennsylvania in anticipation of a predicted snow-ice mix the following day. Thankfully, the severity of the storm fell short of predictions and roads remained safely drivable for the duration of the weather event.
But by the time DOT administrators caught up with Mother Nature’s exact plans, it was too late for trucking companies to avoid major financial losses related to pulling trucks off the road.
Recently, a crack team of logistics detectives (aka “business students”) from the University of Scranton arrived at KANE’s Scranton distribution campus. Their mission: audit and document best practices in warehouse/DC sanitation for their senior class project. Code name: Operation Clean Team. The results of the mission have been kept secret – until now.
With the ELD mandate taking effect, the issue of truck driver safety is at the forefront of logistics industry news. This is a good thing as driver safety is the foundation of our industry – and it needs to improve. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,050 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2015, an 8% increase from 2014. In this blog post, we will examine the dangers and promote methods by which they can be reduced.
In our recent paper, “Safety in Logistics Operations,” we discuss the importance of having a high-performance safety culture in your logistics operation. Such a culture not only makes sense from a human/interpersonal standpoint, it also will have a significant impact on your bottom line.
Warehouse Safety Training. Does your company live and breathe it or are you just meeting requirements?
In our new “Safety in Logistics Operations” paper, we give you several ways to achieve a high-performance safety culture in your logistics operation. One way is to train incessantly and train well. Following are 7 tips to turn boring, OSHA-mandated training sessions into relevant, interactive – and maybe even FUN – classes.
The blog was developed collaboratively by Dan Volpe, TJ McCann and Tom Paciga
In our recent blog post on logistics safety, we advised logistics organizations to conduct safety audits in a way that associates don’t perceive them as “gotcha” exercises. Warehouse operators, drivers, and other associates need to know that workplace safety is a shared goal and that all parts of the organization, from management on down, are on the same team.
Watch this video and think about how it makes you feel.
The reasons why this accident occurred are numerous. Isolating any one cause is pointless. The main takeaway is that, at this facility, people were not prioritizing safety. It was not a workplace where a culture of safety existed.
Now ask yourself: How is safety regarded in your company’s logistics operations?
Is the emphasis on compliance? Or, is safety truly embedded in your operations and culture?
Too often, companies just go through the motions when it comes to safety training and communications. The mandated safety classes are held and documented. Hackneyed safety slogans are seen on posters and banners throughout warehouses, hallways, and freight terminals. A guest speaker may be hired once in a while to encourage a greater focus on safety.
But associates understand when these efforts are merely robotic responses to an OSHA requirement. To succeed in driving down safety incidents, you need to create a genuine culture of safety where associates feel accountable for safety and are empowered to deliver on safety goals.
That doesn’t happen overnight, and building such a culture requires a whole lot more than pithy safety slogans.
Here are some basic principles on which to build a culture of safety in your organization, taken from years of improving safety every day at Kane Is Able.