MAP-21 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

If you arrange for transportation of goods in interstate commerce, MAP-21 may impact your business. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law in July of 2012 and took effect on October 1, 2012. The enforcement deadline for MAP-21 is October 1, 2013. Although there are various provisions 


10 Tips to Overcoming the Driver Shortage


As the trucking industry continues to grow in numerous sectors, the amount of retiring and aging truck drivers is mounting. The industry shortage of qualified and, more importantly, quality drivers is increasing at an alarming rate. The American Trucking Association estimates that the current shortage is about 25,000 and


The Doctor: Director of a Successful Return-to-Work Program


As we continue our blog series focused on post-incident occupational injury management, it’s time to outline the role of the next component in the process: the doctor. A physician and his staff can significantly decrease the amount of time an employee is absent from work. Their primary role is to properly treat injuries


New Hours of Service Compliance: Are You Ready?


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to scrutinize and intensify Hours of Service regulations in attempt to reduce fatigue-related crashes and improve roadway safety. On July 1, 2013, FMCSA will start enforcing regulations for specific, mandatory hours of service limitations on truck drivers. FMCSA Administrator


Oil Boom "Pumps" Trucking Industry


If you haven’t yet heard from every politician in our nation’s capital, energy production is a driving force to the economic recovery. Also, when you decide to emerge from the rock you’ve been living under, check for oil. We seem to be discovering quite a bit. For the United Sates oil and gas industry, 2012 was a record year. Exploration and


The Employee: Soldier of the Return-to-Work System


You are an employee that was just injured while working; do you know what to do first? Who to contact? Or what steps to take? Because in any return-to-work program, you will have specific processes to follow. Injuries in the workplace happen, especially in high hazard industries. Even if you and your employer follow all the required safety


The Employer: Conductor of a Successful Return-to-Work Program


After analyzing Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor, Tool Time, and their impressive return-to-work program in our last blog, we will now outline the role of the first component to a successful post-accident occupational injury management system; the employer. An injury just occurred in the workplace. As a manager or supervisor, do you know 


"Tool Time" An Occupational Injury Success Story


There are some great things that we will never forget about the 1990’s; items like the Walkman, yo-yo, super soakers, chain wallets and lunchables to name a few. Many of us also remember sitcoms dominating the 90’s entertainment slate; shows like Friends, Seinfeld and Frasier were some of the most popular and regularly viewed

Are You Prepared for a Hardening Insurance Market?


Most businesses with moderate claims activity have seen their premiums decrease annually for nearly a decade. Most business owners think that trend should continue if they don’t have any terrible claims. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is the case.  Unless you have exceptionally low claims activity, your premiums are likely to rise sharply in the near future. 

The Risk of Hackers Wiping Out Your Bank Account. It's Real.


Hackers stole $588,000 when they broke into a corporate bank account of Patco, Mark Patterson’s construction company. Mr. Patterson was surprised to learn that protections he expected to be in place did not apply to business accounts. In the information security community, these types of crimes are called “corporate account