On Monday, February 17th, Westfield representatives presented at the annual Farm Truck Awareness Safety Day. The well-attended event took place at Buckeye Harvesting LLC, in Sabina, Ohio and included several local Ohio sponsors including the Ohio State University Extension.
Members of the Corn Growers Association, as well as others who surround the agricultural industry, were in attendance to hear the latest in trucking and hauling trends for agriculture.
Safety Measures for a Complex Business
Various presenters focused on the agricultural industry and farm truck safety, including representatives from Westfield. Eric Arnholt, an underwriter in our specialty lines area, along with Michael Almes, a risk control consultant, presented on truck and safety topics and tips to consider from an insurance perspective.
Other presenters included:
- Nancy McMullen, CDL Coordinator, CDL Skills and Testing
- Leah Curtis, Director of Agricultural Law, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
- Chip Bumpus, Bumpus Trucking
- Sergeant Massie, Ohio State Patrol, Motor Carrier Enforcement Division
Throughout each of the presentations and discussions, one overarching message emerged: trucking and hauling is a complex business, with many regulations to ensure safety on the road as you haul and transport materials from point A to point B:
- Weight of the load: The maximum overall gross weight for a vehicle in the state of Ohio is 80,000 pounds.
- Height and length of the vehicle: Vehicles are not to exceed 8.5 feet beyond designated lengths (40 feet for single vehicles and 65 feet for combination vehicles), or exceed 13 feet, 6 inches in height.
- Truck speed, distance, maintenance and driver distractions.
Manage Risk on the Road
To help manage overall risk levels, the Westfield team recommends development of policies that detail driver age and experience requirements for qualification, maintainance policies for vehicles on and off the road, and robust record-keeping procedures. This will allow your company to have full faith and confidence in those driving your vehicles, as well as provide documentation that the vehicles they are operating are up to standard.
Know both your proven abilities and limitations on the road, and train your teams to address adverse situations on the road proactively:
- Nighttime operations.
- Loading on the road.
- Entering and exiting the roadway at the field with an obstructed view.
Consider holding a regularly scheduled safety meeting, and keep record of points discussed to establish a direct line of communication and train personnel for both emergency situations and daily protocal.
For more information and downloads of the presentations from this year's Farm Truck Awareness Safety Day, click here.