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Friday, February 20, 2015

New Video Releases and a New Video Training Series

Vertical Alliance Group is pleased to announce new video releases this month for two different series in our online learning management system, Infinit-i TM.  Once you make the decision to improve your training program with this robust learning management system, you’ll have access to the 12 new videos in the Hazardous Materials Training Series and 5 new videos in the Real. Life. Lessons. Series.
All videos are available for immediate implementation into your training programs.

New Courses in Hazardous Material Training Series:

Hazmat training is an important part of initial and ongoing training for anyone involved with hauling hazardous materials. Our new training series is taught by Transportation Compliance Associates, a company with over 30 years of experience in hazmat training and compliance.

  • Blocking and Bracing - 4:33
  • Emergency Response Guide - Part 1 - 7:57
  • Emergency Response Guide - Part 2 - 8:21
  • Emergency Response Guide - Part 3 - 15:03
  • General Awareness - Part 1 - 9:53
  • General Awareness - Part 2 - 9:01
  • General Awareness - Part 3 - 15:13
  • Labeling - 7:31
  • Marking - 11:35
  • Placarding - 7:28
  • Shipping Papers - Part 1 - 8:33
  • Shipping Papers - Part 2 - 11:41
New Courses in Real. Life. Lessons. Series:
Earlier this year we launched the Real. Life. Lessons. Series. This month we released 5 more educational videos under the new module.  The videos are produced in conjunction with Midwestern Insurance Alliance and use sample stories to bring awareness of preventable on-the-job accidents using a conversational style.
  • "Mr. Wizard" (Cleaning out Trailer) - 2:19
  • "Mother Nature and Opportunities" (Connecting/Disconnecting Gladhands) - 2:22
  • "Bump on a Log" (Loading/Assisted to Load Flatbed Freight) 2:36
  • "Purple Finger Nails and Profanity" (Opening/Closing Side-Box on Flatbed Trailer) - 1:47
  • "Wendy is now Windy" (Opening/Closing Trailer Door) - 2:07
These videos are great for ongoing training, corrective action training, and for discussions at safety meetings. 

You can watch one of the lessons in this month's series by clicking on the video below or visiting this link:

Each month we will be releasing a series of five or more stories in this series exclusive to Infinit-i TM users. The goal of each short video is to help you reduce the number of on-the-job injuries, thus keeping your worker’s compensation insurance premiums down.

How to Access These Training Videos
Call me today at (877) 792-3866 ext 106 to learn how you can start utilizing these and over 300 more safety and training materials in Infinit-i TM.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

34 Hour Restart Rule Has Changed.

FMCSA: Suspension of 34-hour restart rules will change when the budget bill is signed by the president.

“FMCSA is preparing a Federal Register Notice, that will also be posted on our website, to advise the public that it is suspending enforcement of the restart restrictions as required by law. We are also working to ensure that the 12,000 state and federal motor carrier enforcement personnel are prepared to revert back to the previous restart,”

The 2015 appropriations bill will suspend two provisions of the 2013 HOS rule:
(1) The requirement that drivers’ 34-hour restarts include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and
(2) the provision that limits the use of the restart to once per 168 hours (a week).

I just called a local DOT office and spoke with an officer that does CMV inspections. He indicated he was aware of the changes and the HOS enforcement is back to before the 2013 HOS rule changed the 34 hour restart.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

June 15th Launch of

On June, 15, 2014:  SafePUPIL launched our NEW SafePUPIL Club, providing Unlimited Access to our Video Library for training School personal in a variety of safety fuctions.

For a decade, our firm has developed, compiled and acquired the most comprehensive safety training library available.

The material is designed to keep your driver team at the highest level of professionalism and awareness. The training videos are usually under 10 minutes in length with a short test at the end to increase comprehension. Our catalog is ever expanding.

Learn more here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

FMCSA proposes to establish the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

FMCSA proposes to establish the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse), a database under the Agency's administration that will contain controlled substances (drug) and alcohol test result information for the holders of commercial driver's licenses (CDLs). The proposed rule would require FMCSA-regulated motor carrier employers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), and consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs) supporting U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) testing programs to report verified positive, adulterated, and substituted drug test results, positive alcohol test results, test refusals, negative return-to-duty test results, and information on follow-up testing.
Read more here. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

New Years Resolutions

To All,

 It's only been 30 days since the onslaught of new resolutions to be better, but after handling well over 600 calls, rest assured that companies Sales Departments continue to be in severe trouble. If the CEO's would listen in with me on a call, they may and might be mortified. Any takers are always welcome as FEBRUARY is now here and your firm may not survive another month of Sales talent with little desire for positive change, coaching and training. The new year is a time to rededicate yourself to the mission and your passions.   Daylights burning.....!

 Gary Steudte

Monday, December 16, 2013

New Video Releases CSA Reminder Series

Vertical Alliance Group is pleased to announce our video releases for December 2013.
The titles are:
In CSA Minutes - 
  • Improper Flag Placement: This short CSA reminder is about the vehicle maintenance violation of improper placement of flags on a permitted load. 
  • Inoperative Headlamps: This short CSA reminder is about the Vehicle Maintenance violation of inoperative headlamps. 
  • Inoperative Tail Lights: This short CSA reminder is about the Vehicle Maintenance violation of inoperative tail lights.
  • Leaking Fluid: This short CSA reminder is about the Vehicle Maintenance violation of leaking fluids.
  • Leaking, Spilling, or Blowing Cargo: This is a short CSA reminder about the Vehicle Maintenance/Cargo Securement violation of unsecured cargo that is leaking, spilling, blowing, or falling.
Call  today 877-792-3866 Ext 108 to learn more about the Infinit-i Learning Management System and our extensive library of safety training videos.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Freight Broker Bond Deadline Is Here.

Freight Brokers the Supreme Court has upheld the new regulations, and from some sources about 10% of the current fright brokers are unqualified and will lose their licence to broker freight. I wonder what this will do to some companies freight?

 Drivers and OO's this might be a good time to look at a change and get into Brokering Freight. There are new laws associated with this and I think you have to have 3 years experience under a bonded broker before you can apply to be a Bonded Broker. For those that want to get into this but can't afford to take a week off to attend a 3-5k class.

 We have added an online training to become a Journeyman Certified Broker. This means you can work under a Bonded Broker to begin the 3 years necessary to move out on your own.

Worth looking into.