Archive for the ‘Physical Health OTR’ Category

July 7th, 2017

Pictured left to right: Driver Advocate Jeff Thurlow, Safety Manager Traci Crane, Director of Safety Jeff Yarnall, Vice President of Maintenance Randy Cornell, Digital Media Designer Dan Allison, Professional Driver Bob Ward, President Tim Staroba, Safety Specialist Shannon Mitchell, Vice President of Logistics Bill Carter and Vice President of Operations Mexico Mike Cervin.

Professional Driver Bob Ward was recently recognized for driving Three Million Miles at our Joplin, Mo., headquarters during a July Safety Meeting.

Ward started with CFI in 1990 after his family moved to Texas.

“I previously operated heavy equipment, ran bulldozers et cetera, in San Jose, California. After my son was born, my wife and I decided that we wanted to live someplace less urban. My dad had a ranch in Texas at the time so we decided to move there,” he said.

After attending truck driving school in Waco, Texas, Ward saw an ad for CFI and decided to give it a go. Nearly 27 years later, he still enjoys being behind the wheel.

“It is a lot of fun for me,” he said. “You just go to work every day and do your job and then one day before you know it, you have [driven] three million miles.”

Ward started as an over-the-road driver and currently runs a dedicated route in Texas saying “for me, that’s the biggest change over the years, being able to be home every night.”

Other than that, not much has changed.

“From day one we have always had the best trailers, the best trucks and the best people. I worked for Werner, pulled for (other companies) and still we have the best,” he said.

Ward urges fellow drivers to be patient advising them that it’s “the most important key in safe driving.”

Ward and his wife of 33 years, Gayle, live in Cameron, Texas. Their son, Kevin, is a special education teacher and a football coach at a local high school.

“He took after my wife in that area,” he said. “My wife was a teacher’s aide for a special education teacher when our son was young.” His hobbies include golfing, yard work and enjoying time with his family at home. He served four years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

While he has been entertaining the idea of retirement, he says it’s still a few years out.

“I enjoy the solitude of driving,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like three million miles.” 

 Congratulations Bob on this achievement!


June 27th, 2017

Remember when summers consisted of frozen treats, cool pools and almost no responsibilities? While you can still enjoy a frozen treat from time to time, summers are completely different as an adult. Since many people work in the heat, it’s critical to take your safety seriously.

For states like Arizona, Texas and Florida who see dangerously high temperatures often, it’s important to stay on top of the tips below to stay safe in the extreme heat.

Stay hydrated

This might sound obvious, but you would be surprised how easy it is to forget to drink water when your mind is focused on something else. Elevated heat, especially along with high humidity, makes it difficult for the body to cool itself. According to the CDC, the average person has 2.6 million sweat glands. When we sweat, we lose water and electrolytes that make it possible for the body to keep itself cool. Drinking enough water and having enough electrolytes ensures our bodies has what it needs to function properly. It is recommended that you should drink 1 cup of water every 15-20 minutes of moderate activity. Make sure you increase your fluid intake in rising temperatures to avoid becoming dehydrated. Switch energy drinks and soda for water, Gatorade or even unsweet tea to stay hydrated and always have a case of water in your cab.

Take regular breaks

If you are actively working in the heat you need to make sure you are taking frequent breaks. The use of reflective clothing, water-dampened cotton clothing (although this may not work when the humidity is very high), and cooling vests with pockets for cold packs may also be beneficial for keeping workers not only cooler for longer periods of time, but also safer. Find an air-conditioned space or shaded area for your break and make sure to replenish your fluids during this time.

Know the signs of heat-related illness

Heat exhaustion, heat strokes and cramps are just a few of the ways extreme heat can be dangerous. If you begin feeling dizzy, develop a headache, become nauseas or faint you need to stop what you are doing immediately. Depending on the specific illness you might need to seek medical attention immediately. In the event you experience heat exhaustion, move to a cool place, sip water, loosen your clothes and put cool, wet cloths on your body.

The U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA and the CDC now have an app available for both iPhone and Androids called OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool to help you stay safe in the heat. The app allows individuals to calculate the heat index for their work site and depending on the index will display a risk level. It also provides protective measures that should be taken as well as information on what to do in an emergency. Stay informed to stay safe in the heat.

June 12th, 2017

We recently held a photo contest asking people to show us what drives them to succeed. Whether it’s family, friends or a personal aspiration, we all have something or someone that inspires us to succeed each day.

Our “What drives you?” contest ran for the month of May and asked people to show us what motivates them. Congratulations to our three lucky winners Mariana Storm, Chris Breen and Kevin Lewis!

The winning entries are below.

Mariana Storm

How did you get into trucking?  “I started driving school [over] two years ago when my youngest son graduated high school. My husband has been with CFI since 1996 and has over two million miles. Once I was done with school, I started driving team with him. He taught me discipline and good business practices.

Explain how your picture motivates you: “To help our business we went to a workshop where I listened to Larry Winget talk about his philosophy about money. I took his book and read it. It helped me to understand how to change my way of thinking about money. I never want to be poor or live pay check to pay check again. I am so grateful for CFI for giving us the opportunity to be financially secure. “You’re Broke Because You Want To Be” by Wingett whipped my but to get to working.”

Advice for others: “It is from the book. ‘Do what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it.”

Chris Breen

How did you get into trucking?  “I’ve been in the trucking industry for 13 years and have been around trucks pretty much my whole life. I had a few uncles that drove and then my little brother started driving and enjoyed it. So, I figured I’d go for it. Also, I come from a military family that traveled a lot, I figured it would be a good fit and it has been.”

Explain how your picture motivates you: “My photo is of my wife and me. She travels with me full time and trucking is what brought us together. It has given us a place to grow together and build our relationship. It also is what provides the means for the life we live.”

Advice for others: “Try and learn something new every day and if you can, pass that knowledge to others. Be patient and remember no matter how stupid the question may seem to you, that person is trying to learn something new and needs your help. We were all rookies at one time. Remember every stone you drop creates a ripple. Try and make that stone constructive and not destructive.”

Kevin Lewis

How did you get into trucking?  “I’ve been driving for 17 years now. Prior to driving, I was working at a cotton mill. I would watch the trucks come up to the loading docks and would talk to the drivers while they waited. There was a rumor going around that they were going to close the mill so I started talking to a friend of mine about driving and ended up going to school. ”

Explain how your picture motivates you: “The picture is of my wife. She had been riding with me and then ended up going to school at Crowder and now we run team together. It’s hard being away from home, but having her with me helps a lot. It’s a good support system for both of us.”

Advice for others: “Don’t hesitate to ask for advice. When I first started, I was hesitant to ask for help and it caused some problems. You’ll avoid jams and mistakes if you just ask and not assume.”