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testing job applicants is
a good way to access driving
skills and behavior.
instilled a proactive safety culture that
addresses driving risks.
Understanding a person's background, including driving history and experience, can
help in evaluating prospects. Programs likes
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the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's pre-employment
screening program have information available about the driving
history of commercial driver candidates. Road testing applicants in
conditions they will face on the job is a good way to assess driving
skills and behavior. In some cases, driving might only be part of a
job, so you should be clear about the driving and non-driving expectations in job descriptions and interviews.
Remember that driving for a construction job can have different
risks than other areas of commercial trucking. For example, securing
equipment onto a lowboy may go beyond typical driver responsibilities. That makes it more important to be clear about expectations
when choosing drivers. Additional load securement training may become an important aspect of onboarding for less experienced drivers.
CT: How can construction employers onboard new drivers and
integrate them into their existing safety culture?
Kreuzer: For starters, remember that any employee who drives is
exposed to potential accidents and injuries. Historically, we've seen
severe accidents when employees who don't typically drive as part
of their job take the wheel, even for trips where they do not leave the
worksite. This makes it that much more important for management
to relay driving behavior expectations.
On-the-job safety training should include both skill-based and
awareness-based training. This gives employees technical knowl-