DKB Heads to Houston for FEMA Emergency Response

Posted by Matt Manoli on Aug 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Boston, MA, August 30, 2017 - On behalf of FEMA, early Monday morning Dennis K Burke mobilized several tankers to head out to Fort Hood military base outside of Houston, Texas, to help with the area’s emergency management needs in the wake of unprecedented disaster from Hurricane Harvey. Dennis K Burke Inc. has worked with FEMA before in a post-storm emergency response capacity and look forward to doing everything they can to help Texas recover from this devastation as quickly as possible.

As you probably have seen, Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm and has dumped a years’ worth of rain on the Houston & Southeast Texas areas, causing devastating floods. To put the amount of rain Texas has received in perspective, according to the National Weather Service, “if Southeast Texas were New England, the area in which 20-30 inches of rain had fallen over the first 3 days of the storm would encompass all of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.”

The NWS is keeping an eye on the storm, which is impacting Louisiana currently on its track back to the Gulf. Obviously, this storm could continue to have substantial impacts. To keep up on the latest alerts, visit the National Weather Service here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Harvey
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Topics: Tank Truck Safety Training, hurricane harvey, texas, houston

Road Check is June 3-5 2014 - Are You and Your Truck Ready?

Posted by Matt Manoli on May 28, 2014 10:41:59 AM

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Road Check is upon us again! The dates for the 72 hour inspection period for 2014 will be June 3rd through 5th. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CSVA), one of the programs sponsors:

" Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided. It also provides an opportunity to educate the industry and general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program" (excerpt from CSVA's website, which is an excellent source for commercial vehicle operators:  http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.php )

So what are they looking for and how can you make sure your truck is ready? Last year saw over 73 thousand inspections of trucks and buses (thats 17 PER MINUTE on average!) with 22% of trucks, and less than 4% of drivers placed out of service. 

The inspections all come down to ensuring that drivers are operating safely and doing so in a safe, properly maintained vehicle. Most of the prep is just a matter of paying extra attention to the simple every day safety measures we all take - making sure you have your license, medical card, hours of service paperwork/elog, and any cargo documentation you need in your truck - and it sounds silly but make sure you fasten your seatbelt! The craziest part of last years inspection numbers was that almost 900 drivers were cited for seatbelt violations!

Last year the inspections primarily focused on load securement, and this is always a critical part of the test since its a huge safety concern, so make sure your straps, chains, tailgates are in good shape and proper working order. In terms of the overall vehicle inspection, what you have the most control over as a driver is making sure you have proper documentation for what you're carrying, especially hazmat drivers. Making sure your vehicle is properly placarded, you have the right paperwork, and if youre in a city like Boston, you know what routes you can and cannot travel with hazardous cargo. This years focus is HazMat compliance, so all of us fuel folks have to keep that in mind and be extra vigilant. 

We all work hard to do our jobs as safely as possible every day, so just make sure you're a little extra vigilant next week, and it'll all be over soon!

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Topics: Safety, Tank Truck Safety Training, Roadcheck, Hazmat

Safety Meetings - Keeping Things Current

Posted by Matt Manoli on Jan 13, 2014 1:25:00 PM

Hello there. One way to keep your safety program interesting and engaging for your employees is to keep it current. There is nothing worse than asking an employee to sit for 45 minutes watching a video that was produced in 1985. It makes me think of the very first safety meeting I conducted. I showed a video on winter driving that was so old there was St. Johnsbury trucks involved in the production. It was awful. On the other hand it shows how far we have come. Our last round of safety meetings I tried a different program called Prezi. While it was a little tricky and time consuming to prepare, it was different from the usual PowerPoint slideshow I have been using. Prezi is a web based program that involves zooming in and out across the screen. It is like a journey - as we called it, our journey to safety excellence. Using a device called Apple TV I was able to conduct the entire meeting wirelessly through my iphone. It was pretty neat and all our employees were very engaged. Check it out at www.prezi.com.

Good drivers take ownership of their responsibilities and the equipment they’re operating. It is imperative this desire is fed on a regular basis, and fed with the most accurate and up to date information possible. I rely on a variety of sources to keep me current so I in turn can keep our people current. Your state trucking associations can be a very good resource. The MMTA’s are particularly good (Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association and Maine Motor Transportation Association). They both send out email notifications of changing rules regulations. Things can change very rapidly in the transportation industry. Both associations will answer the phone and answer questions when needed. JJ Keller publishes a number of monthly newsletters that can be helpful as well. I particularly like their Hazmat Transportation Report. This publication keeps me informed of proposed rule makings in time to comment directly to the DOT before any proposed rulemaking are put into law.    

Any way you stay current works, but remember nobody will buy into an old, stale, outdated safety program, so to get your program working you've got to stay updated.  

Good Luck!

Matt

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Topics: Safety, Tank Truck Safety Training, MMTA

Dennis K Burke trains Firefighters in Taunton MA

Posted by Matt Manoli on May 23, 2011 11:10:00 AM

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Matt Manoli, Dennis K Burke's Safety Director recently spent time with the fire department in Taunton, MA to teach tank truck fire safety - Here's the write up in the Taunton Gazette!

Also, here's the photo gallery from the day: Photos from Firefighter Training  (photos by The Gazette's Mike Gay)

 

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Topics: Taunton Firefighter Training, Tank Truck Safety Training