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June 18, 2024 | Insights

Celebrating Safety Month: Prioritizing Safety in Every Move

June 18, 2024 | Insights

At NSSL, safety is more than just a policy—it’s a core value that drives our operations every day. National Safety Month provides an excellent opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees, clients & partners.

The Importance of Safety in the Yard 

Working in the transportation and logistics industry comes with inherent risks. From operating heavy machinery to managing complex logistics, our team encounters safety challenges daily. NSSL is dedicated to implementing stringent safety protocols to mitigate these risks and ensure that every employee returns home safe at the end of the day! 

Key Safety Initiatives: Throughout Safety Month, we are launching several initiatives to enhance our safety culture, focusing on the following critical safety concepts


1. Look Around From All Sides

Reversing  incidents are a significant safety concern in our industry. To combat this, we emphasize the importance of driver’s always having ample clearance on all six sides—up, down, left, right, front, and rear. Patience is key, and it’s crucial never to rush the backing process. Our drivers ensure mirrors are clean and properly positioned to minimize blind spots. We remind our drivers that they’re 100% responsible for safely backing their vehicles, and to trust their own assessment over relying entirely on technology or other aids.


2. Yard Safety & Collision Awareness

Yard safety is paramount, and collision awareness plays a crucial role in preventing incidents. Always reduce speed and come to a full stop when necessary. Paying close attention to your surroundings is essential as hazards can appear suddenly. Since 90% of incidents are due to inattention, maintaining high levels of awareness can prevent these accidents. 


3. Slow Down! Be Prepared to Stop

Speed and inattention are leading causes of yard accidents. Whether driving a truck or walking, always be aware of your surroundings! Our NSSL drivers maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, especially when another truck is backing up. Whether in a Yard or on a city street, never exceed the posted speed limit as it significantly increases the risk of accidents.


4. Fatigue & Wellness

Driver fatigue is a critical issue that can impair both mental and physical performance. Our Fatigue Management Plan emphasizes the importance of prioritizing sleep and physical activity. Using breaks for stretching or light exercise can also help. Limiting caffeine intake and staying hydrated are crucial; consider adding electrolytes to your water for sustained energy. If you’re feeling drowsy, adjust your environment by opening a window or repositioning your seat to help stay alert. 


5. Awareness in Maneuvering & Surroundings

Awareness during maneuvering is essential for safety. If in doubt, always get out and look. Utilize mirrors effectively and frequently check blind spots. Adjust your speed according to yard conditions and ensure trailer doors are closed securely before moving. 


6. Distracted Driving 

Distracted driving increases your risk of getting into a collision or accident. Avoid texting while driving, as it takes your eyes, hands, and mind off the job of driving. Practicing defensive driving is crucial: stay alert and look ahead, scan the road and mirrors, avoid vehicle blind spots, and maintain a safe driving distance. Remember, anything that takes your eyes away from driving is a distraction and can be dangerous. 

Tips for Staying Safe
Here are some essential safety tips our team practices out in the yard: 

  • Stay Alert: Always be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards. Distracted work can lead to accidents. 
  • Use PPE: Personal protective equipment is your first line of defense. Ensure you are wearing the appropriate gear for your tasks.
  • Report Hazards: If you notice a safety hazard, report it immediately. Prompt action can prevent accidents.
  • Follow Protocols: Adhere to established safety protocols and procedures. These guidelines are in place to protect you and your colleagues.


Safety = A Collective Effort
Safety is a shared responsibility. While our management team is committed to providing a safe work environment, each NSSL employee plays a crucial role in maintaining it. By working together and prioritizing safety in every task, we can achieve our goal of zero incidents.

As we celebrate Safety Month, let’s renew our dedication to safety and continue striving for excellence in all our operations. Remember, safety is not just a priority for this month, but a lifelong commitment. 

Stay safe and make Every Move Count! 


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