Navigating Risk is Tricky Business!

The Paladin Group strives to supply clients with the knowledge and coverage they need to keep their business protected, insured and thriving. Our experienced team is ready to answer any questions you have about risk management. Each week our Safety Consultant Channing Puls provides safety solution tips and blogs that are helpful in the trucking industry.

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Safety, Compliance, Risk Management, Supply Chain Management, Loss Control/Prevention, Transportation Technology

Channing’s career in the trucking industry has provided in-depth experience and success in managing motor carrier safety programs. He has experience as a recruiter, fleet manager, and as an operations manager where he supervised Safety, Risk Management, and Compliance. His understanding of the industry brings a versatile and experienced perspective as a Safety Consultant at The Paladin Group.

Channing has been an integral part of successful trucking companies through implementation of safety and compliance best practices. He is passionate about partnering with clients developing fresh ideas that provides solutions for a variety of challenges to achieve high end results.

International Roadcheck, 72 Hour Blitz

May 14th, 2024 by Channing Puls
International Roadcheck starts today May 14th and goes through the 16th, this is the largest targeted enforcement effort aimed at commercial motor vehicles. Over the course of the next 72 hours, approximately 15 commercial vehicles will undergo inspection every minute. It’s imperative for motor carriers must prepare to avoid being included among the statistics of…
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2024 CVSA International Roadcheck – What you Should Know…

February 16th, 2024 by Channing Puls
This year’s International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 14th – 16th, 2024, marks the largest targeted enforcement effort aimed at commercial motor vehicles. Over the course of this 72-hour period, approximately 15 commercial vehicles will undergo inspection every minute. It’s imperative that motor carriers prepare adequately to avoid being included among the statistics of violations…
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Driver Violation Guidelines

February 9th, 2024 by Channing Puls
Insurance carriers typically outline both minor and major driver violations to ensure safe and responsible driving behaviors for their insureds. These guidelines may vary, but here are examples of minor and major driver violations to reference: Minor Violations: Careless Driving Driving the Wrong Way/Direction Driving too Fast for Conditions Improper Lane Change Failure to Maintain…
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Fleet Cleanliness

January 26th, 2024 by Channing Puls
Did you know that having a clean truck and cab can result in fewer inspections and are less likely to be pulled over by police officers? Officers cannot stop every vehicle on the road; however, they are more likely to pull over a vehicle that has a cluttered dashboard and equipment that appears to be…
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Overlooking Drivers Safety is Risky

January 19th, 2024 by Channing Puls
On average, fleets report a 20% crash rate per year: On average, fleets experience on average a crash rate of 20% annually. The crash rate refers to the percentage of vehicles in a fleet involved in accidents within a given time frame. A higher crash rate can lead to increased expenses related to vehicle repairs,…
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Safety Begins with Knowing

January 12th, 2024 by Channing Puls
Motor carriers, at least once a year (every 12 months), must review the motor vehicle record (MVR) of each driver under their DOT#. Motor carriers must consider any evidence that the driver has violated any federal regulations and is qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. The Impact of license suspensions: How many drivers have…
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Distracted Driving

January 5th, 2024 by Channing Puls
Distracted driving is any activity diverting your attention from driving that poses a potential distraction. Engaging in actions such as sending text messages, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, or eating while driving exemplifies distracted driving. Some drivers may believe they can only consume meals while behind the wheel, oblivious to the…
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Prioritizing Daily Vehicle Inspections

December 29th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Are drivers taking the appropriate amount of time to complete their pre-trip inspections? Most commercial vehicle operators are not making their pre-trip inspections a priority, and this poses a significant threat to safety. It is crucial for companies to ensure that their drivers and contractors prioritize this process to avoid disastrous consequences. Pre-trip inspections are…
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Driving Through the Holiday Season

December 21st, 2023 by Channing Puls
During the holiday season, commercial drivers play a crucial role in navigating festive roads and transporting seasonal cargo efficiently. The challenge lies in optimizing routes, managing increased traffic, and delivering a seamless experience amidst heightened demand. In the world of commercial driving, it’s a season of strategic navigation and precise execution to transport the gifts…
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Blind Spot Awareness

December 15th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Commercial motor vehicles possess significant blind spots, encompassing the front, rear, and both sides of the vehicle. If the truck driver is not visible in the side mirror, it is fair to assume that you are out of the driver’s sight. It is crucial to avoid driving within these blind spots. Take the necessary precautions,…
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