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On The Horizon - February 6, 2024

Welcome New Member!

A big welcome to our new member Bidlake Insurance. See below for a short message from them.

Bidlake Insurance was founded in 1907 in Billings, MT. We are a family owned and operated independent agency located in Billings MT. We hang our hat on providing great customer service, and the fact that we are accessible to our clients. 

Bidlake currently sells and services, Commercial, Work Comp, Bonds, Health and Life and Personal lines of insurance.

Congratulations Decker Truck Line!

Congratulations Decker Truck line for being recognized in CarriersEdge The Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For 2024! See Link for full document!

Activating moving & In-Home Delivery Drivers in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Adding to its industry-specific training film library, TAT has released a 23-minute training video for the more than 90,000 members of the moving industry and all other in-home delivery professionals. The

video provides an understanding of what human trafficking is, how it might intersect with everyday jobs and the specific red flags drivers can be alert to as they move in and out of homes across North


The training features the experience of survivor-leader Liz Williamson and her story of being trafficked by her mother out of their family home. Multiple times in the course of her exploitation, home movers and other service industry-related people came into her home and would have seen multiple red flags indicating human trafficking if they’d known what to look for. Chief Tommie J. Reese, Sr., law

enforcement coordinator of the Office of the Alabama Attorney General and a TAT Board member, shares information on what makes someone vulnerable to trafficking, additional red flags to look for, and,

most importantly, the information law enforcement needs in order to activate investigation.

See Link for full document

Truck Makers Team up to Push for U.S ZEV Truck Charging Instruction

Three truck makers have launched a coalition designed to accelerate the construction of nationwide charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles in the United States.

Daimler Truck North America, Navistar, and Volvo Group North America on Jan. 30 announced Powering America’s Commercial Transportation, a coalition that will use education and advocacy to speed the construction of nationwide electric-truck charging infrastructure.

The coalition will work to overcome the many barriers delaying access to medium- and heavy-duty charging infrastructure, including lobbying to change state and national policies to address those challenges. Read More

Will's Safety Tip

Ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) outlets are safety devices that help protect you from electrical shock. They are specially designed to cut power to the outlet when an imbalance or power surge flows through them. They do this much faster than a circuit breaker can trip.

In fact, some act within 1/30 of a second, which is quick enough to prevent an electric shock from reaching your heart. GFCI outlets are required to be installed anywhere moisture is present including whenever an outlet is within 6 feet of a water source. They can be used anywhere in the workplace as they function just like normal outlets.

GFCI outlets typically work reliably for many years, but they can fail and lose their primary safety function. GFCIs also can be wired improperly, disabling the safety feature of the outlet. That's why all GFCI outlets are equipped with buttons for testing their safety function.

The test takes just a few seconds and doesn't require shutting off the circuit power. If a GFCI fails this simple test, tag it out and replace the outlet as soon as possible.

Testing a GFCI Outlet

  1. Find and Press the Reset Button

Look at the face of a quality GFCI outlet: Between the two sets of slots where you plug in cords, there are two rectangular buttons, labeled "TEST" and "RESET." To test your GFCI, simply press the test button with your finger. You will hear a snap sound that trips the outlet and cuts off the power to the two plug connections.

  1. Confirm That the Power Is Cut

To confirm that the outlet's power is off, plug a lamp or radio into each half of the outlet; the lamp or radio should not turn on.

Alternatively, you can check for the presence of voltage with a voltage tester or a multimeter. This test also should indicate no power.

  1. Reset the Outlet

Once you've confirmed that the safety function is working properly, press the reset button to restore power to the outlet.

How Often You Should Perform the Test

Electrical safety experts and device manufacturers recommend testing GFCI outlets once a month. This may seem unnecessarily frequent, but the safety function of GFCIs can fail anytime and without notice, so there's often no indication of a problem. In many cases, a GFCI will continue to provide power to plugged-in devices even if the GFCI safety device has failed. Use a Montana Trucking Association monthly inspection sticker placed next to the outlet to record your tests, talk to Will for more information.

Stay Safe!

Upcoming Events

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