“THE INSIDER” QUARTERLY REPORT
A New Season
Another New England summer is upon us. School is out, employees are taking much needed vacations; hitting the water to fish, water ski, vegetating on the beach or heading to Camp. This time of year puts many more vehicles on the road, including motorcycles. Your driving skills, patience, and commitment to safety are going to be tested as summer moves along. All of you are professional drivers. Put safety first and let’s enjoy what summer brings.
EOBDR’s – By now, all units have the EOBDR’s installed with the majority of drivers using them. It has been a work in progress with corrections being made as we move along. Once everyone is comfortable using the system and kinks get worked out, will we stop using paper logs. I will let you know when that times come.
Our Annual Meeting was a great success. We are so proud to have two (2) Drivers of the Year. Eric Johnson and Jim Donovan are to be congratulated for their professionalism and commitment to safety. The Company would like to see all our drivers accept this award during our next Annual Meeting.
John Hamel has been involving himself more deeply with the Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association. His Legislative Committee is addressing those issues which impact our Industry. Many of you may not realize that John was interviewed on WBZ TV to discuss the issue of unsafe drivers and trucks on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ roadways. You can type in the following URL on your computer browser to watch the interview:
Safety Steve has been busy as well. Much of his time has been spent being the Chairman of the 2014 MA Truck Driving Championships, Chairman of the MMTA Safety and Compliance Committee and as the Eastern Regional Chairman for the National Tank Truck Carrier Association’s Safety and Security Council. Steve traveled to San Antonio, TX to accept the Grand Safety Award presented to J&S Transport. This award was earned by the Professional Drivers of J&S Transport and will be proudly displayed. While in San Antonio, Safety Steve was notified of his election to the MMTA Board of Directors.
J&S Transport has positioned itself to be a player when addressing those issues affecting our Industry, something our competitors have not done. We hope to see great improvements with our Industry is the years to come.
Fire Safety at Home
Too many news stories are on TV and in newspapers documenting fires which kill, injure and leave people homeless. Although deaths and injuries from residential fires have decreased in the past several years, deaths from fires and burns are still the 3rd leading case of fatal home injuries as determined by the Center for Disease Control. 70% of those deaths are from smoke inhalation. The National Safety Council has determined that two-thirds of deaths from residential fires occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Fires are more likely to happen in certain areas or by certain equipment in your house. Be extra careful while you are cooking, smoking, being around candles, furnaces, electrical cords, fireplaces, and with children, toddlers and babies nearby. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported U.S. home fires and home fire injuries.
The National Safety Council recommends you follow these tips to protect your family, pets and home from fire:
➢ Have a properly working smoke alarm
• Change the battery once a year and change the whole unit every 10 years
• Smoke alarms should be in every floor of your house (including the basement) and outside bedrooms or sleeping areas
• Test your smoke alarms on a monthly basis
• Make sure your kids are familiar with the sound of the alarm
➢ Plan a family escape route
• Practice it on a monthly basis
• Practice with everyone in your family, even children, toddlers and infants
• Practice from every room in the house
➢ Learn how to use your fire extinguisher
• Use a fire extinguisher when a fire is contained, like in a waste basket
• Keep your fire extinguisher in an easily accessible place
• Call your local fire department if you have questions on how to use a fire extinguisher
• Fire extinguishers have gauges on them indicating when they need to be replaced. They need to be checked regularly to make sure they are still functional
➢ If a fire occurs in your home
• Never open a door that feels hot. Escape another way
• Take the safest route, but if you have to go through smoke, crawl low and under the smoke. Cover your nose and mouth with a moist towel (if possible) or an article of clothing
• Immediately leave your house, and then call for help
• Once you are out, stay out. Don’t go back in, not even to grab someone else
Here is a healthy vegetarian recipe from the American Heart Association: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw.
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (see Cooking Tips)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups water
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
4 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
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