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Timely briefs on topics specific to the industries BITCO serves. Subjects include worker safety, worksite hazards, best practices, new research, industry updates, regulations, public liability, property protection and more.

Managing Speed and Space

| October 26, 2021

Defensive Driving for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers 

As a defensive driver, managing speed and space is crucial for preventing accidents. According to FMCSA, the average stopping distance for a loaded tractor-trailer traveling at 55 mph (in ideal conditions) is 196 feet, compared with 133 feet for a passenger vehicle. Defensive drivers must account for the road condition, visibility, and traffic speed and flow.

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Dash Cams

| October 21, 2021

Five Benefits to Help Save You Money, Encourage Safe Driving Habits, and Improve Fleet Performance

Cameras mounted to the dashboard are not only for law enforcement or ride-share vehicles. The millions of dash cams videos on the internet reflect their growing popularity with the general public. A dash cam is a camera that records sounds and images both outside and inside your vehicle. Installing dash cams in your fleet can provide several benefits for your company. Here are five that can help save you money, encourage safe driving habits, and improve fleet performance.

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National Protect Your Hearing Month

| October 7, 2021

Choosing the Right Hearing Protection for the Job

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. According to the CDC, an estimated 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging workplace noise. Industries such as Mining and Construction have even higher percentages of workers with hearing impairment. When loud noises cannot be reduced or eliminated through engineering controls, workers exposed to them must use hearing protection devices (HPDs). Learn more about choosing the right hearing protection for your job.

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Catalytic Converter Thefts

| September 21, 2021

4 Good Practices to Help Respond To and Prevent Thefts

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), reported catalytic converter thefts increased from 282 thefts per month in 2019 to 1,203 in 2020. Learn more about why the number of catalytic converter thefts is on the rise and how to protect your business.

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Tail Swing Radius

| September 3, 2021

Forestry Good Management Practices

Logging is one of the most hazardous industries, and transporting logs is no exception. Forestry transportation drivers who haul loads where logs extend behind the trailer must protect themselves and others from being struck by logs.

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Incorporating Safety Into Performance Reviews

| August 24, 2021

Safety Topics For Employers to Consider During the Review 

Building and sustaining a strong workplace safety culture requires coaching and training. A strong safety culture is not possible without active participation from all employees. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that employees are not only trained on safety; but actively applying that knowledge on the jobsite. Reinforce the critical nature of this training by incorporating safety into job objectives. Consider evaluating these components in an employee's performance review.

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