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Safety Rules Are the Best Tools!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Our safety meetings for May were conducted the 21st through 26th and were packed with vital information for our drivers and aides! The meetings were executed by Dave Holls, chief operating officer, and Carl Ingram, Detroit area safety director. Our safety meetings always start with a little introduction then local news and updates from each terminal’s general manager and maintenance department.

After the local updates, Dave talked about distracted driving and showed a news video regarding a recent school bus accident in New Jersey. This horrific accident was caused by a driver who was recklessly driving on the interstate, and is an instance of what could happen when someone is driving distracted. It is not worth the risk. This is why our parent company, National Express, implemented the Target Zero campaign in February. Target Zero is the next phase of our Driving out Harm program and was put in to effect to eliminate fatal accidents from our company. Target Zero is a call to action that encompasses all of our efforts to reduce distracted driving and make the roads safer for our communities.

To piggy-back off of safe driving habits, Dave discussed performance feedback for the month of April. After Dave went over the numbers, Carl reviewed the Driving out Harm program and reiterated the Golden Rules for our drivers (they’re listed in this blog post). Carl then addressed our company’s safety performance KPIs (key performance indicators) for the month of April and talked about the heat risks of summer as the new season approaches. He covered the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hyperthermia, and dehydration and how to prevent them. Carl also mentioned how there will be more people on the roads since school will be out soon and discussed different ways drivers can be more alert to the extra bicyclists, pedestrians, cars, and motorcyclists.

An acronym our company uses to ensure safe driving habits is LEFTS:

Let others know your intentions by signaling

Ensure oncoming traffic is clear; do not rush

Fully check your blind spots by leaning forward and backward (rock and roll)

Turn only when you are sure there are no pedestrians in or about to enter the intersection

Stay alert; look around and recheck your mirrors during your turn

Summer is also the season of roadside inspections by Michigan State Police, so Carl covered the various responsibilities drivers have, including carrying their credentials at all times, completing thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and being extra aware of their surroundings.

To finish the presentation, Dave returned to remind drivers of our upcoming company activities. First is attendance bingo, where employees get a stamp for every date on their card for which they have perfect attendance during the month of May. Once an employee has a bingo, they turn in their card and have three chances to win awesome prizes, the ultimate grand prize being a 55” Smart LED TV with a Blu-Ray player and complete sound system! Second is our first annual Detroit Tigers company outing, which is taking place on June 2nd. If you’re at that game, keep a look out for a large group with purple shirts – that’s us! And lastly, Dave announced Trinity’s 22nd annual company picnic, where we have food, fun, and prizes!

We’re excited for the fun things ahead and to continue with our safety mission!

Let’s Talk Safety!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

It’s that time where our operations and safety teams host our monthly safety meetings! Our April meetings took place the week of the 23rd and were full of pertinent information. Dave Holls, chief operating officer, and Carl Ingram, Detroit area safety director, led the meetings, covering various topics from “getting back to basics” to child checks – and even informing employees of a wage increase!

The meeting started with a brief introduction from Dave Holls then segued into local terminal updates from each terminal’s general manager and maintenance updates from each terminal’s lead mechanic. Dave then talked about core responsibilities: on-time transportation and excellent customer service – things we prioritize at Trinity. The terminals received a little pep talk from Kid President to help encourage arriving to work with a positive attitude and the right mindset (it’s super cute – you can watch it here)!

Distracted driving was a main topic, reiterating how important it is to keep the kids of our community safe while on the road. One of our programs is called Driving Out Harm, which encourages staff to make sure their workplace is safe and to put the safety of customers and colleagues first at all times. The Golden Rules for our drivers are: “I will always put the safety of passengers first; be fit for work; check my vehicles and only drive if it is safe; drive safely and defensively; and report all accidents, injuries, and near misses”.

Child Checks were also an important topic covered. At Trinity, we have a policy in place that requires school bus drivers and aides to do child checks after the last stop of each route or field trip and upon returning to their terminal. Child Checks ensure that no child is left on the bus and each child gets home safely. Our entire school bus staff has signed the Child Check Pledge!

Here at Trinity, we are committed to keeping our kids, roads, and community safe, and our monthly safety meetings are a vital part in doing so!

Trinity Hosts First Annual Safety Banquet

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

On March 10th, Trinity employees came together for a banquet focusing on safety initiatives and procedures at Burton Manor in Livonia. In attendance with Trinity’s employees were Kevin Kilner, Vice President of Safety at National Express, and Chris Pelligrino, assistant to the CEO of transit at National Express. Kevin Kilner discussed various National Express topics, which included operational updates, safety performance key performance indicators, visions and values in terms of safety, Target Zero campaign, distracted driving, Zero Tolerance Policy, and child checks. Stacey Bruwer, Director of Marketing at Trinity Transportation, discussed the #EyesOnTheRoad campaign to instill the importance of eliminating distracted driving. Prior to the banquet, each terminal received a vinyl banner displaying the campaign’s pledge, which they subsequently signed and were given a sticker that said “I took the pledge”.

Chief Financial Officer Phil Adkins, Marketing Director Stacey Bruwer, and President Jerry Sheppard hold the #EyesOnTheRoad campaign banner at our corporate office in Wyandotte.

Trinity’s Chief Operating Officer Dave Holls covered all things Trinity, including integration processes, the drive towards excellence, a group activity to think outside the box, and Trintiy’s new vision and “Simple Truth”. To add some fun to the day, employees won over 40 prizes, including the grand prize of a 55” flat screen TV!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety First!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

At Trinity Transportation we pride ourselves in making safety our number one priority. Safety is the most important thing to be focused on and practiced when operating a vehicle. In order to ensure our drivers are taking the necessary precautions before, during, and after operating their vehicles, we have monthly safety meetings at each of our terminals.

In December, Trinity’s operations and safety departments put on their monthly safety meeting with the help of Safety Claus! Regional Operations Manager Dave Holls dressed up as Safety Claus to add a fun touch to learning about safety.

The meeting was required for all school bus employees and was headed by Safety Director Carl Ingram and School Bus Training Manager Derrick Ingram. They discussed the different tactics of staying safe on the road while driving a school bus (and being an aide!). Many topics were covered, including proper safety procedures, distracted driving, and having heightened awareness while on the road. There were even some fun quizzes thrown in the presentation!

Our employees are prepared to work together and practice all safety procedures learned in order to reach our goal of becoming the safest transportation company!

Christmastime at Trinity

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Christmas is an exciting time, with joy and love filling the air. It’s the season where we spend time with loved ones, celebrate the wonderful memories surrounding this wonderful holiday, and give to those in need if we can. To celebrate Christmas, each of our terminals held potlucks over the past two weeks, where Trinity provided the main dishes and employees brought in their favorite holiday foods!

Each morning started off with a safety meeting held by our very own Safety Claus! Safety Claus, Safety Director Carl Ingram, and School Bus Training Manager Derrick Ingram discussed the different tactics of staying safe on the road while driving a school bus (and being an aide!). Topics covered included distracted driving, proper safety procedures, and having heightened awareness while on the road. Our goal is to become the safest transportation company!

After the safety meeting, it was time to eat! Employees at each terminal reveled in each other’s company while enjoying some delicious food. The potlucks were full of laughter, joy, and plenty of holiday spirit.

For more pictures from our Christmas potlucks, visit our Facebook page!

Be Safe (and Spooky) This Halloween with Our Tips!

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Halloween is almost here! Enjoy a night filled with fun, awesome costumes, and treats while following these important Halloween safety tips!

Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Do not trick-or-treat alone. Go with an adult or a group to ensure a safe experience.
  • Look both ways twice before crossing the street – and keep looking as you cross.
  • If your kids are trick-or-treating on their own, educate them on how to walk safely and to be aware.
  • Inspect all treats for tampering and choking hazards before eating them – avoid homemade treats.
  • Make sure to walk from house to house – don’t run.
  • Using a flashlight or reflective tape will help drivers see you – and the flashlight will help you see others.
  • Only visit homes that are well-lit.
  • Stay on sidewalks. If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk as far away from traffic as possible, facing traffic.
  • Make sure costumes are the right size and fit correctly to avoid trips and falls.

Drivers:

  • Drive slowly and cautiously.
  • Be extra alert in residential areas.
  • Avoid distracted driving by eliminating any distractions inside your car.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier than normal so you can spot children from a further distance.
  • The most popular times for trick-or-treating are 5pm to 10pm, so be particularly attentive during these hours.

Now that you have a guide for a safe Halloween, go get your spook on!

National School Bus Safety Week

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

National School Bus Safety Week is an educational program that encourages students, faculty, parents, and anyone interested to learn about and spread the significance of school bus safety. This week is important for publicizing the safety procedures and dangers associated with school bus transportation.

National School Bus Safety Week takes place every year during the third week of October. This year, October 16th through 20th was National School Bus Safety Week, and Trinity participated by practicing and reviewing school bus safety! This year’s theme was “Stop on Red”, a reminder to always stop when a school bus’s stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing.

Trinity Transportation’s school bus drivers and aides attended Special Saturday on October 14th to kick off National School Bus Safety Week. The day consisted of different classes and training focused on children with special needs, including bus evacuations, learning about children with different disabilities, positive approach to behavior management, and team building strategies.

School bus safety is extremely important, not only for students and bus drivers, but for parents, automobile drivers, and pedestrians. For more information about school bus safety, check out our article!

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