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.

Memorial Day

May 26th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Memorial Day weekend is a time when many people hit the road for trips and vacations. If you’re planning to operate a commercial motor vehicle during this holiday weekend, it is important to prioritize safety. Additionally, we want all drivers to increase their awareness of the risk of cargo theft during the holiday weekend. Past…
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Pre and Post Trip Inspections

May 11th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Are your drivers taking the time to complete their pre-trip and post-trip inspections? Most commercial vehicle operators are not making their pre-trip and post-trip inspections a priority which can pose 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…
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Oral Fluid Testing

May 9th, 2023 by Channing Puls
The Department of Transportation (DOT) filed a final rule that will allow oral fluid to be used as an authorized testing method for the presence of unlawful drugs. The rule will become effective June 1, 2023. Motor carriers need to be aware of the new rule and prepare for its implementation with oral fluid collectors…
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Leading Cause of Accidents

May 5th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Most all accidents have one thing in common, failure to look ahead when driving or failure to pay attention to the road. It is essential for commercial drivers to take proper safety precautions and follow traffic rules to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road. Here are the leading…
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Fuel Efficiency

April 28th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Fuel efficiency is a crucial aspect of the trucking industry. It not only helps reduce operational costs but also minimizes the environmental impact of commercial semi-trucks. Below are some of the latest advancements in fuel efficiency for commercial trucks and how they can benefit your business. Investing in aerodynamic upgrades to your trucks can greatly…
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Interstate vs. Intrastate Commerce

April 14th, 2023 by Channing Puls
It is important to be aware of the differences between interstate and intrastate commerce. The Department of Transportation (DOT) uses the terms to determine which regulations to apply to different transportation activities because the regulations vary between activities. Federal and state courts have dealt with the question of what differentiates interstate from intrastate commerce, especially…
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Substance Abuse Testing

April 7th, 2023 by Channing Puls
The safety of our roads is a top priority for the transportation industry. There are over 3.5 million commercial drivers in the United States alone. It is crucial to take every measure possible to prevent accidents and protect the lives of those on the road. One way to do so is by substance abuse testing…
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Driver Qualifications

March 31st, 2023 by Channing Puls
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established regulations for driver qualifications to ensure the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations. Below are a few of the key requirements for driver qualification: 1. Age: A driver must be at least 21 years of age to operate a commercial motor vehicle across state lines or…
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Roadside Inspections

March 24th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Roadside inspections were put into place to ensure the safety of all drivers and the general public. It is important to note that inspections are not just a matter of compliance, but also a matter of safety. It is crucial to conduct daily inspections to avoid potential failures during an inspection. An out-of-service order can…
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Cannabis Usage in Trucking

March 17th, 2023 by Channing Puls
Positive cannabis tests for truck drivers have increased at an alarming rate over the past year. In 2022, nearly 41,000 truck drivers tested positive for cannabis according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Even though many states have legalized cannabis usage, it is still illegal to drive while under the influence. Federal regulations…
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