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One Year After CSA Enforcement, Hermann Maintains Zero Alert Status

02-29-2012

Mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) regulations established a new nationwide system for making roads safer for motor carriers and the public alike. Effective in December 2010, the new Safety Measurement System (SMS) continues to place Hermann Transportation and Leasing on a zero alert status in every safety category monitored by the FMCSA. This means than Hermann Services does not exceed the intervention threshold based upon performance in the following (BASICs) categories:
  • Unsafe Driving
  • Fatigued Driving
  • Driver Fitness
  • Controlled Substances/Alcohol
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Cargo Related
  • Crash Indicator
Of course the bottom line is that our industry is focusing on preventing accidents and saving lives, said Dennis Hermann, Co-President Hermann Services. Since day one, Hermann Services has always put safety first and we enthusiastically participated in the 2009 pilot program that lead to the 2010 CSA program. Were very proud of our safety record and it is our mission to constantly improve our status, added Karen Nesta, Hermann Services Safety Committee Chairperson and Manager. It takes teamwork from everyone in our transportation and leasing operations including management, human resources, maintenance, and the drivers themselves. As a team, we have a very low turnover rate and everyone takes pride in our overall safety performance. Spearheaded by Ms. Nesta, Hermann Services uses the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) for all new driver hires, which helps make more informed hiring decisions through electronic access to a drivers crash and inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Hermann Services also conducts on-going CSA training for managers and drivers companywide as well as semi-annual driver safety meetings covering HAZMAT, roadside compliance, and injury and accident prevention. The Hermann training sessions, which are not required by FMCSA, educate drivers on how to be prepared for an inspection and stay in compliance. The companys random drug and alcohol testing are also well above the required standards. Therefore, the number of incidents reported from vehicle and driver inspections is well below the national average. Hermann Services clients also benefit from the companys participation in the Captive Insurance Group, which requires high safety and financial standards. According to Ms. Nesta, Hermann customers can be confident that their freight is in the hands of premium drivers with clean driving records operating a safe fleet of vehicles. This assures low liability costs and on-time delivery without fleet check alerts. For more information about Hermann Services CSA reports and the companys safety record, please contact Karen Nesta by email at knesta@hermanntds.com. Visit www.hermanntds.com or call (800) 524-0067 to learn more.


Safety Comes First with Hermann