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New allegations in I-4 Ultimate death – WESH Orlando

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

New allegations have arisen against the lead contractor in the I-4 Ultimate casualty during the project in 2016.

A lawsuit filed in the wake of a construction worker’s death claimed the driver of the truck involved had a prior incident that could have jeopardized the safety of other workers.

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Marvin Franklin was fatally struck by a dump truck February 24th, 2016. Franklin was the first fatality of the I-4 Ultimate Constuction.

The collision happened in the construction zone along the eastbound lanes of I-4 between Kennedy Boulevard and Maitland Boulevard.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol Report, a dump truck full of tons of dirt backed up and ran over Marvin Franklin

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, investigated.

It found SGL Constructors had committed a “serious violation” and fined the company more than $12,000.

FHP said, the truck driver, Riomar Morales, was “improperly backing up” but was not cited because job site mishaps are not governed by Florida traffic laws.

FHP also found that Franklin was wearing headphones and called that a contributing factor.

Despite that, Franklin’s family is suing Skanska-Granite-Lane, parent company of SGL Constructors, for gross negligence.

Franklin’s family claimed he had not been trained on the specific safety policy when it came to working around heavy equipment.

The suit also references a previous near-miss accident Morales had with an excavator driver alleging the company may have had previous concerns about safety with this driver, but had failed to fix them.

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Plucky Junaidah holds her own in a man’s world of truck driving

— Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks Malaysia— Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks MalaysiaKUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Five years ago, a plucky 27-year old lady decided to try her hand at driving a truck, and decided that it would be her career despite the industry being dominated by men.

Today, Junaidah Ibrahim works alongside her husband who also drives a truck for the same company, Benua Haulage Sdn Bhd, part of Sin Hock soon Group.

Junaidah puts in around eight to nine hours a day driving her Volvo truck to ensure that goods are delivered to customers on time. However, this doting mother of three children stresses that being extra careful while driving on the road is her utmost priority in the job as she has a family to go back to at the end of the day.

Registering as a participant in the Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s annual Fuelwatch Challenge which returned to Malaysia for the eighth consecutive year, Junaidah took part in the preliminary round in Prai and has secured a place in the finals. She believes that her focus on the task at hand and her driving skills helped her to outperform many of the male truck drivers.

Junaidah has created history for beingthe very first female truck driver to qualify for the finals in the Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s Fuelwatch Challenge, and this year, the finals shall be held in Shah Alam on 25th and 25th August , 2017.

Junaidah is also popular among her customers who are pleased not only with her professionalism but are also impressed to see a female truck driver appearing at their doorsteps. 

Commenting on her job, Junaidah said, “I am the only female truck driver in my company and I couldn’t be more proud of my job despite the fact that truck driving is known to be a male-dominated profession. The support that I get from my husband, who is also my colleague, and the confidence my employer and customers have in me are indeed very encouraging. I’m glad to have found my niche and have proved that gender stereotyping can definitely be broken.”

Apart from being a female truck driver, which is an already extremely rare case in Malaysia, unlike in some Western countries where there is a higher ratio of female drivers, Junaidah also towers above her male peers in terms of license qualification. She has both rigid and container truck driving licenses, which is not the norm even amongst the general population of male truck drivers.

Junaidah will be competing with seven other male finalists in the final round of Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge 2017 in Shah Alam on 26th August, including attending a special training session by a Volvo Trucks’ Driver Trainer to further enhance their skills.

The other seven male finalists are Ruslan Ab Ghani from Perwakilan Cekap Sdn Bhd (Port Klang), Jamal B. Embong from Prifaria Sdn Bhd (Kuantan), Ahmad Sulaiman from Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd (Port Klang), Mohd Sufian bin Sahari from Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd (Port Klang), Kaspul Anwar bin Abdul Karim from Prifaria Sdn Bhd (Prai), Tan Eng Hin from Lima Bintang Logistics Sdn Bhd (Prai) and Firdausbin Salim from Swift Logistics Sdn Bhd (Johor Bahru).

The champion will have the opportunity to represent Malaysia and participate in the Drivers Fuel Challenge – World Final in Sweden from 18th to 22nd September 2017, that judges and more importantly, teaches skill, concentration, knowledge, and discipline.

“I’m absolutely pleased to be the first female truck driver in Malaysia to take part in the final round of Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge. The Challenge is a great platform for us, regardless of gender, to prove that we can perform at the highest level if we apply the right skills. And of course, it will be such a great achievement for all women out there if I can win the trophy, fingers crossed!”, said Junaidah.

The competition, which first started in Europe as a concept for achieving maximum efficiency, is moduled based on local market demands and industry landscape; for Malaysia it will mainly concentrate on three key areas; Driver Development, Fuel Maintenance and Dynafleet or Telematics.

Since its commencement in Malaysia in 2010, the Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge has so far mentored more than 6,000 truck drivers from all over the country on how to enhance their driving competency and behaviour to be more fuel efficient and safer drivers on the roads. The number of truck drivers who participated in this year’s competition saw an increase of 19% compared to last year

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Sleep your way to safer driving

Stimulants such as coffee might seem like a nice way to relax after a long day's driving, but drinking a cup too close to bed can disrupt sleep patterns.

Stimulants such as coffee might seem like a nice way to relax after a long day's driving, but drinking a cup too close to bed can disrupt sleep patterns.

Stimulants such as coffee might seem like a nice way to relax after a long day’s driving, but drinking a cup too close to bed can disrupt sleep patterns.

Let’s not let the politics of truck drivers’ sleep get in the way of something we all need. It’s not always a dramatic wake up as you wander over the rumble strip or hear horns honking frantically that lets you know your sleep could be better. Sometimes it’s all the worries drifting through your mind as you try to fall asleep while the clock counts down to drive time again. You’re not alone, getting good sleep is an issue for people of all walks of life, all over the world.

How can a long-haul driver get better sleep?

The special challenges of sleeping on the road and transitioning back and forth between home and cab sleeping make this a tough topic for drivers and their loved ones. Here are a few steps that can smooth the transition and help improve sleep wherever it’s supposed to happen.

  1. Have a routine. You might not be a baby anymore, but if you want to sleep like one, think about how to get your brain ready for sleep every night. A simple routine, done in a similar way before each sleep, can help your racing thoughts park it for the night. Here’s an example, but you can make a routine that fits you. Bathe/wash face/brush teeth/empty bladder, walk for a few minutes, gently stretch back, legs, arms and neck, send “I love you, goodnight,” messages, close curtains, fluff pillow, stretch out, say a short prayer or goodnight to yourself.
  2. Think about sensory issues when it’s not bedtime and make a plan. Do you need new earplugs? Are the curtains in your cab doing the job, or should you ask family members to look for black-out fabric and make something that fits over the windshield and windows for the next job? Are there bad smells or bugs that aren’t just passing through and that better housekeeping habits would help? Baby wipes and a stack of grocery bags to keep trash corralled can do wonders!
  3. Nights at a truck stop might seem quiet to four-wheel travelers passing through, but how often have you had a rotten night’s sleep in your cab because of lights, sounds, smells, vibrations or late-night knocking? Pay attention to your surroundings when choosing a spot to spend the night, avoid spots where there will be traffic passing closely, dumpsters or latrines upwind of your rig, and consider a homemade “Driver doesn’t carry $” magnet for your door to deter “pests” from knocking and waking you up. Free magnet ads laminated with a printed sign would do the job, or you can find pre-made versions online.
  4. Try to eat at least a couple hours before bed and limit fluids during that time to avoid nature calling at a bad time. Caffeine is a first half of the work-day drug, if you’re drinking coffee or soda all afternoon that’s going to mess with sleep. Research suggests that overuse of caffeine to mask sleepiness[1] is more dangerous than most people, including doctors, believe. Stimulant medications (prescription or not) are the same deal – while the first jolt seems to wear off quickly, you’re still going to experience effects later on. Don’t forget that nicotine is a stimulant as well – smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco products in the hours before sleep might seem relaxing in the moment, but will interfere with sleep.
  5. Taking good care of your body improves your sleep, and good sleep improves your health. It seems like a chicken/egg problem, but you can tackle both at the same time and make some changes you’ll notice quickly. A bit of exercise after waking up can help get your whole body ready for the day. It’s not hard to do some walking, stretching and light exercises during necessary stops (calf raises and standing push-ups) don’t take any extra time. Ready to make a plan for fitness? Check here for some great ideas[2]. Keep in mind that exercise too close to bedtime can make it harder to sleep for many people. Keeping tabs on your overall health and dealing with problems that come up can keep you driving better and living life better outside of work. Driving is sedentary work, and sitting all the time is a risk for many health problems[3], including diabetes.
  6. If you struggle with falling asleep, play one of these free audio exercises for relaxation[4] from UCLA. I recommend starting with the 5-minute breathing meditation or 13-minute body scan for sleep. You’re not too manly for these, I’ve seen veteran soldiers use mindfulness exercises with great results, and you can too. Sleep well and drive safe.

For a comprehensive overview of sleep health and current recommendations (not specific to professional truck drivers), download the free Healthy Sleep Guide from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.[5]

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