October 6, 2014: MCM Weekly Newsletter

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Oct 7        Share The Road Billings 
                 Senior High School 
                 4:00 p.m. - until finished

Oct 8        Share The Road Billings 
                 Skyview High School 
                 4:00 p.m. - until finished

Oct 14      Share The Road Billings 
                 West High School 
                 4:00 p.m. - until finished
Oct 21     Missoula Chapter Safety Meeting 
                 12:00p - 1:00p, Jokers Wild 
                 Topic Attendee Interests 
                 Speaker:  Bruce Holmes

Oct 22     Transportation After Hours
                Northern Hotel, Billings
                5:30p - 7:00p                  
Share The Road Billings October

We are in need of  two more helpers at Senior (Oct 7) and at West (Oct 14).

Tuesday, October 7 Senior High


Wednesday, October 8 Skyview High

Tuesday, October 14 West High

4:00p - 5:00p (time set for all three days)

Please  remember that we need your equipment at the location hour before the class starts. 

We also require additional cars
/pick-ups to go in the no-zones.

Any help you can provide in these areas would be appreciated.  For questions please contact Frank Molodecki at frankm@dtsb.com


Senior High

October 7, 2014

Driver/Truck 1

Watkins Shepard

Driver/Truck 2


Instructor 1

Frank Molodecki


Wendy Riojas



Skyview High

October 8, 2014

Driver/Truck 1


Driver/Truck 2

Doug Miller

Instructor 1

Frank Molodecki


Wendy Riojas


Tanya Hauptman

West High School

October 14, 2014

Driver/Truck 1


Driver/Truck 2

A&I Distributors

Instructor 1

Don Ruesch


Shannon Fisher



September Driver of the Month

David Webb
Jim Palmer Trucking
Missoula, MT

For the 18 years David Webb has been with Jim Palmer Trucking he has proven to be a very safety conscientious driver accruing over 2.2. million miles.

While Dave was in the Army, he began his driving career and served as a battalion driver training instructor for several years. After leaving the military he began his over the road driving career. He takes pride in all aspects of his job, from on time pick-up and delivery to helping out new drivers in any way he can. David loves he open road and meets every day challenges he encounters as the true professional he is.

He has been married to Carol for 22 years. She and their shih tzu Keisha, the protector of the truck travel with David much of the year.
Transportation After Hours Billings
Transportation After Hours Billings
 FMCSA Rule to Increase Liability Insurance Sent to OMB
A rule proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House's Office of Management and Budget - the final stop before the rule is published as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The proposed rule was sent to the OMB Oct. 1, just a few days behind the date a recent Department of Transportation report forecastThe DOT projected in the same report that the rule would clear the OMB Oct. 12 and be published as a NPRM Oct. 22.


The rule came on the radar in April, when FMCSA released a report saying the current $750,000 minimum is too low. The agency noted in its report that minimum has been touched since 1985, and had it kept up with inflation, it would be upwards of $1.6 million, FMCSA says

The agency seemingly zipped through the rulemaking process, too, as it's poised to publish the proposed rule just six months after releasing the report. The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, however, both cite research saying just 1 percent of truck crashes cause damages that exceed $1 million. Both groups have said they are against an increase in the minimum.


Governor's Safety Achievement Award Nominees    

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The WorkSafeMT Governor's Safety Achievement Award recognizes Montana employers that are committed to safety in the workplace.  Through their commitment to safety, these employers are not only creating a safet place to work; they are reducing their workers' comp rate making them leader's in their industry.

Instructions for Nominations:
The WorksafeMT Governor's Safety Achievement Awards recognize and celebrate Montana employers for safety excellence and leadership. These employers model workplace safety practices and procedures that help keep employees safe from workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths. They are role models for other Montana employers.

We encourage you to nominate a Montana employer for this award.

Basic eligibility requirements include:

  • Better than (industry) average e-mod and/or evidence of total recordable incident rate below industry average for the last 3 years if employer does not have an e-mod.
  • Demonstration of excellence in implementing the Montana Safety Culture Act (MSCA). http/erd.dli.mt.gov/safety-health/montana-safety-culture-act/montana-safety-culture-act
  • Electronic submission of a completed WorkSafeMT Governor's Safety Achievement Award Nomination form; and narratives describing implementation of Montana Safety Culture Act and other application documentation/materials in PDF format.

Deadline for submitting nominations for the next round of awards is October 31, 2014.



Download Nomination Instructions

Multiple winners may be selected so nominators are encouraged to submit applications to meet the published deadlines for the SafetyFestMT event closest to the employer's workplace.

submit completed applications to exdir@worksafemt.com 

Download Nomination Form


Email application documents in PDF format to: 


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