Safety

Safety is the driving force behind everything we do at Fleetwood. Our core Safety value of "Safe & Legal – Every Time" is a commitment that starts at the top with our Senior Management through every division of the company. Fleetwood is committed to being a Safe Motor Carrier and sharing the road with the motoring public in a safe and courteous manner..

Through our company wide commitment of continuing Safety education we:

  • Conduct monthly tailgate Safety meetings for all locations.
  • Quarterly on-line Safety training for all drivers.
  • Continuous reinforcement of hours of service, vehicle maintenance, and safe driving techniques to all drivers from our operations, maintenance, and Safety department.

CSA scores are distributed to all drivers on a weekly basis

Our new hire orientation includes:

  • Accident prevention
  • Hours of Service
  • Accident Reporting
  • How to Fill Out the Paperwork
  • Fuel card and fuel paperwork procedures
  • Transflo Procedures
  • Quarterly Safety Meetings procedures
  • Driver Safety Bonuses
  • No violation inspection bonuses

Our personnel are experienced in identifying, reducing and eliminating hazards as well as preventing needless personal injury and unnecessary property damage. They get to know our trucking business as well as our customers' operations first-hand, with regular and random inspections, sharing their knowledge and experience to maintain the highest level of safety and service commitment.

Our growing fleet of tractors and trailers consists of some of the most light-weight, fuel efficient, productive and well-maintained equipment in the industry. You can always depend on every aspect of Fleetwood equipment to be in top mechanical condition.

Our skilled mechanics have the knowledge, experience and facilities to keep our equipment running smoothly, assuring the safe delivery of your shipments and the safety of the driving public. Our fleet is supported by one of transportation's most aggressive maintenance and inspection programs, as well as comprehensive 24-hour road service. Our equipment is constantly updated with the latest safety features to ensure reliability and safety on the road for our drivers and the public.

Safety Policy Statement

Fleetwood Transportation Services, Inc. considers health, safety, and protection of environmental quality to be integral parts of our business management. We will ensure that these areas are given parity with all other major elements of our business. We are wholly committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all personnel who work within, or may be affected by our operations. To achieve this, we will conduct our activities in such a way as to proactively protect the health and safety of our employees, other persons and the environment. Each Fleetwood employee and other personnel operating under our management have been empowered with the "Right to Challenge an Activity or a Condition", which they believe may be unsafe. This includes activities which may have an effect on the environment, health, equipment, terminals or customer facilities. We will commend employees and other personnel who justifiably exercise this right. We will consult with employees and other personnel and provide resources, training and support to achieve the objectives set out in this Policy Statement.

-Fleetwood Transportation Services, Inc. Management

Equal Opportunities

Fleetwood is an equal opportunity employer. We have a policy of non-discrimination. Not only do we utilize people on an equal basis, but we also want every driver to have an equal opportunity to be successful. We have prepared a manual to inform the drivers of the basic guidelines and policies of Fleetwood. Safety is a team effort and the management of Fleetwood will do every thing possible to ensure safety of our drivers and the general public.

3 Points of Contact

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that truck drivers had more nonfatal injuries than any other industry in 2007. More than half of those were sprains and strains caused in part by slips and falls while getting into or out of trucks. Using what's called the three points of contact system when entering and exiting a truck can help to significantly reduce the chance of a serious injury from a slip or fall. The three points of contact system means three of four limbs are in contact with the vehicle at all times (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand). Three-points of contact form a triangle of anchor points, which changes in form when mounting or dismounting a vehicle. Drivers have the most stability when the center of the triangle is closest to their center of gravity. Sideways movement should be avoided since it creates an imbalance of weight distribution. Below are some do's and don'ts when exiting and entering trucks:

Do's:

  • Always enter and exit facing the cab.
  • Mount and dismount only when the equipment is stopped.
  • Break three-point contact only when you reach the ground, cab or platform.
  • Take extra care in wet, snowy or icy weather.
  • Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.
  • If necessary, retrofit equipment to provide safe access.

Don'ts:

  • Don't ever jump off a truck. Doing so exerts 12 times your body weight on your joints when you land.
  • Don't climb down with something in your free hand. Put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get down on the ground.
  • Don't use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
  • Don't use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.
  • Don't become an injury statistic.