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Gas depot blasts kill at least 7 in Accra: Could it have been prevented?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/14/17 6:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Fire safety, Fire risk, fire, Explosions

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We briefly detour from our series on driver safety to focus on the explosion that occurred over last weekend in Accra, in Ghana. At least seven people were killed and scores injured, mostly suffering burns, after two explosions at a natural gas depot in Ghana's capital (fire service spokesman Billy Anaglate said on Sunday).

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What to do if you’re in a truck accident

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/11/17 5:20 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE, HSE best practice, Driving safety, Driver safety

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Being involved in any kind of car accident runs the risk of personal injury, even death. That risk increases substantially when there’s a significant discrepancy between the size of the vehicles involved in the crash. Trucks are incredibly large, heavy vehicles, and if they’re involved in crashes, they can cause serious injuries and deaths. The destruction that can be caused by vehicles this size is scary.

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How to behave (and not behave) in a hijacking situation

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/7/17 6:40 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Health and Safety, Driving safety, driver training, Driver safety

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In conjunction with our previous blog – Top 29 anti-hijacking tips for truck drivers – today we offer advice on what to do should you (or your drivers) find yourself in the unfortunate situation of an actual hijacking. What’s helpful is you can also apply these tips to your everyday life to ensure you and your family also stay safe.

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Top 29 anti-hijacking tips for truck drivers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/17 4:50 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE best practice, Driving safety, Driver safety, Anti-hijacking

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Although you probably already have security procedures and cameras in place, there remains a need to further educate your employees on how to prevent a hijacking. Some commercial vehicles (such as pick-up and delivery trucks, tractors and trailers, armoured vehicles, mail and package delivery vehicles, etc.) can be especially vulnerable to hijacking attempts. Today we offer advice on the safety procedures your drivers can use to avoid being involved in a hijacking.

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11 tips to combat driver fatigue

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/30/17 6:40 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in fatigue management, Workplace safety, HSE, Driving safety, driver training

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Following on from our previous blog – causes of driver fatigue and how to spot the most common signs – today we bring you 11 tips your drivers can use to combat fatigue.

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Causes of driver fatigue and how to spot the most common signs

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/17 7:10 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in fatigue management, Health and Safety, Workplace safety, Driving safety, driver training

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Driver fatigue is a common danger for long-haul drivers. Driving while exhausted significantly increases the risk of a crash – it makes us less aware of what is happening on the road and impairs our ability to respond quickly and safely if a dangerous situation arises. In fact, it is believed to contribute to 30% of road crashes. That’s one out of every three road accidents.

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Why you need to know about erionite and asbestos

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/23/17 5:10 PM / by Alison Grimes posted in Mesothelioma, Asbestos, Mesothelioma Awareness Month, erionite

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Breathing is just about the most fundamental of human needs. And yet, air quality issues remain a problem for a lot of society. The purity of our air is affected in several ways, with both naturally-occurring contaminants and man-made substances having an impact in both outdoor and indoor settings. This includes offices, so it is important to remain vigilant and be aware of potential toxins in any environment.

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Checklist: How to find an accredited driver training company

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/20/17 5:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE training, HSE, training, Driving safety, driver training

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You understand the advantages of using an accredited training school to train your drivers… but where do you start? If this is your first time looking for a training company with the right fit for your drivers’ needs, the task could be daunting – and exhausting.

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The advantages of accredited driver training

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/16/17 5:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Workplace safety, HSE, Driving safety

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 Continuing with our series on safety and your long-distance truck drivers, we review the advantages of provided accredited training to your drivers, taking a look at the pros and cons.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Because you’ll be paying to attend a driver training school, you want to ensure that your money buys you the best training. This will guarantee your qualification will meet the right standards and snag you employment sooner rather than later.

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27 top tips for long-distance truck drivers

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/13/17 6:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Driving safety

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We continue to help you help your long-haul drivers with these top 27 tips. Remember – you needn’t adopt every one if they don’t all apply to your specific business model. Adopt and adapt as you see fit!

 Note: For tips on driving during bad weather, read our blog here.

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