Bearcat QHSE Training LLC

Bearcat QHSE Training LLC's 9th Podcast

February 07, 2022 David
Bearcat QHSE Training LLC
Bearcat QHSE Training LLC's 9th Podcast
Show Notes

Welcome to Bearcat QHSE Training LLC

In these weekly Podcasts on Mondays, we will be discussing Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental training and concerns

What is a USDOT Number?

Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce shall register with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul types and quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number.

The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company's safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections. 

 Most states require commercial vehicles to obtain a DOT number when operating within the state. By requiring a DOT number, the state creates an extra layer of regulation on commercial operators within its borders.

 

Whenever a lift operator in our facility hits, damages, or property we retrain the operator. This does not seem to be highly effective as the same operators are constantly needing retraining.

First of all if you are conducting proper investigations and root cause analysis I would question the fact that the root cause is always the operator because that's typically not the case the operator can be a contributing factor or a cause but not the root cause very seldomly the root cause when you conduct your investigation and do you cause analysis you should be seeking the failure within the process or procedure.  quite often the failure is lack of appropriate supervision or inadequate training something is broken. I'll give you an example an operator was operating a forklift or power industrial truck in a warehouse with his foot outside of the cabin a supervisor and manager walked past this person and saw it but did not address it because they were in a hurry to go to a meeting which is absolutely unacceptable so this operator kept hanging their foot outside of the cabin and eventually took a turn and crushed her foot and ankle against an upright as they took a corner.

 

you can't tell me the root cause of that accident is the operator he's contributing factor and he was acting outside of the written procedure however the root cause has to lie on the supervisor and manager for failing to address a safety issue when they observed it So what that supervisor manager safety guy whoever it was that decided not to act on it did as they implied consent they implied consent that it's OK to do that because we didn't say anything even though the training does not support operating with any part of your body outside of the confines of the cage or cab of the equipment. well, it is just one example, but I would challenge you to look for something other than the operator in your investigations and root cause analysis as being the root cause because nine times out of ten it is not the operator and when it is the operator there is always something else involved right.

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