Insurance is DUE

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Insurance packets with the election forms are DUE NOW! Our insurance Rep was here on the 9th and 10th of May and handed out as many packets to employees that came through. Many didn’t get a chance to see our Insurance Rep, but paperwork has been in the office to discuss if needed. The deadline was written on the board in the drivers room, but was ignored. Due date was yesterday to get your forms in and yet so many employees still need to turn it in… Please return them ASAP, and if you have questions, Ask Doug or Heather.


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You hopefully read the Newsletter article from Troy regarding communication. Please call your supervisor or the Safety Department for any accidents, injuries or incidents when they happen.

Log Trucks: Communication between each other is an important issue as well. Although we ask that you don’t drive by the CB, and be alert for anything and everything you could meet on the haul roads, it is still very important that you attempt to call out your location going in empty or coming out loaded. It adds another layer of safety for everyone.

If you are having issues with your CB- write it up, if not PLEASE USE IT. Be the PRO


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This year’s International Roadcheck will take place June 04-06, 2019 and focus on steering and suspension systems.  Over those 72 hours, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers, primarily the North American Standard Level I Inspection.  This is a 37-step procedure.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety.

Below are links to some documents to help guide you through the 2019  International Roadcheck.

Learn How Infinit-I Makes Safety Documentation Easy

Get Your 2019 International Roadcheck Flyer

Download a Copy of the CVSA Cheat Sheet

Reduce Waste

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Please help reduce waste of money, fuel and clean air.

Do not leave your truck idling when not in use. It is amazing the amount of fuel that is just burned up into the ozone. Mostly, because drivers just don’t think about it.

This is your reminder. Turn off you truck when not in motion.

Troy Hutchens

Motorcyclists Are at Great Risk on Our Roadways.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month / Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles

Motorcyclists and motorists can work together to save lives.

To help reduce motorcycle collisions and injuries and to help save lives,

NHTSA has launched the new Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles campaign to

help motorists understand standard motorcycle driving behaviors and to learn

how to drive safely around motorcycles on our roadways.

For more great information from the Oregon Governor’s Adfisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety visit


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A few drivers have left here to go to work for TP to get their bonus for new hires.

I prefer to give the bonus to you guys for staying. If you go there you have to give up time earned for vacations and benefits. Then wait a year to get bonus.

Get on you CB and tell everyone to come to work here, write your name on their application as who referred them. For each one that comes to work for us I will give you $1,000 in six months. You keep you vacation and get the money twice as fast.

Right now, there is about $15,000 worth of spots you could fill. Be a recruiter and get the word out.

Troy Hutchens


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This is a reminder to ALL employees;

If you would like to contribute to the newsletter or even this blog, please come see Heather or Stew. We are always looking for new and exciting ideas. Would you like to sell a boat/car/motorcycle/etc.? Put it in the newsletter and or blog. It is a great way to get your voice heard.


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As the summer heat approaches, and the nicer weather is around the corner, I would like to remind EVERYONE to watch their idle time. Firstly, there is no sense in idling the truck when you walk into the driver’s room or are talking with the shop. You’re air pressure is already up and you’ve moved the truck. SHUT IT OFF! Idling one truck doesn’t use that much fuel, but remember FVMartin owns 60 trucks, which adds up. Secondly, the old ways of “burning up starters” is long gone. Thirdly, fuel prices have skyrocketed over the past two months. If we all do our part to save some money, I bet you’ll see some returns.