March 9, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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Mar 10 Helena Safety Meeting
              Perkins, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
              Speaker: Bruce Holmes
              Topic:  FMCSA Updates

Mar 10-12 SafetyFestMT:  Lewistown
                  Click here to register 

Mar 11 Billings Chapter Meeting, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
             Location:  Holiday Inn Grand, Madison Room
             Speaker:  Jeff Steeger, Motor Carrier Services
             Topic: DataQ Process

Mar 12 Share The Road Helena
             Captial High School, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Mar 17 Missoula Chapter Meeting, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
             Location:  Jokers Wild
             Speaker: Department of Transportation
             Topic:  TBA

Mar 18 Billings Jobs Jamboree
             MetraPark  Register

Mar 24 Great Falls Community Job Fair 
             Montana Expo Park Exhibition Hall

Mar 25 Southwestern Montana Job Fair
             Butte Plaza Mall  Register    

Mar 25 Share The Road Billings
             Senior High, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

March 30 Share The Road Billings
                 Skyview High, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
March 31 Share The Road Billings
                  West High, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Save The Date (following article includes links to applications)
April 1  Safety Supervisor of the Year applications due
April 10  TDC Driver Registration form due

April 17 SuperTech Registration form & Sponsorship form due

May 1   Fleet Safety, Scholarship,  TDC Sponsorship forms due

May 2    2nd Annual SuperTech Competition
               Helena College, Helena, MT

June 20  Truck Driving Championships
               Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds
               Helena, MT
July 15-17 RMRSR
                  Mountain View Ranch, ID
                  Refer to flyer below 
2015 Event Applications
Any questions you may have regarding these events, please contact Katie at the MCM office, 406-442-6600 or
Click here   Fleet Safety application

Click here  Leonard Eckel Scholarship Application  

Click here   Safety Supervisor of the Year application

Click here  
SuperTech Registration

Click here   SuperTech Sponsorship

Click here    TDC Eligibility Info

Click here   TDC Driver Registration

Click here   TDC Sponsorship

Click here    TDC Program Advertising 

Click here    TDC Volunteer Request form 
Share The Road Billings

We are in need of volunteers for Share The Road in Billings March 25, 30 & 31. 


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, each location accommodating between 60-72 students.


As you consider volunteering 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


Senior High  66 Students

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Driver/Truck 1

 Ankrum Trucking 

Driver/Truck 2


Instructor 1






Skyview         72 students

Monday, March 30, 2015

Driver/Truck 1

 A&I Distributors 

Driver/Truck 2


Driver/Truck 3


Instructor 1



Tanya Hauptman - Motor Power Equipment



West High     60 students

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Driver/Truck 1

  A&I Distributors

Driver/Truck 2


Instructor 1






FMCSA Moves Up Projected Publication Date for Final ELD Rule
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a supplemental report restoring Sept. 30 as the expected publication date of its final electronic logging device rule, moving it up from Nov. 9.

FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne said the supplemental report was issued to correct "a simple administrative error." The rule will be effective two years after its publication date.

The agency typically has published its "significant rulemaking report" once a month, and most often changes in projected dates are delays.

In February the agency published its monthly February report and moved the date from Sept. 30 to Nov. 9.  It then issued the supplemental rulemaking report Feb 27, cahnging it back to Sept. 30.
ATA Calls on FMCSA to heed Calls to Fix CSA
In a press release, ATA called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make needed improvements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability system following criticism from both the Government Accountability Office and a key Senator. The agency was chided by both GAO and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, for failing to address flaws in CSA that prevent the system from accurately identifying high-risk carriers. "Yesterday, the flaws in CSA were again highlighted and again the agency insisted it will do nothing to correct them," ATA President & CEO Bill Graves said. "FMCSA should not just hear the concerns expressed by Senator Fischer and the GAO, but address them with real action." For more information, contact Dave Osiecki at
ATA Explains FMCSA Bulletin to Medical Examiner on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This week, the American Trucking Associations published a white paper explaining a bulletin issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intended to clarify medical examiners' responsibilities when screening drivers for obstructive sleep apnea. The bulletin encouraged examiners to use their own "judgment and expertise" in determining if a driver exhibits OSA risk factors and if treatment is required. Additionally, it "encouraged" examiners to consider a list of risk factors, testing and treatment protocols. The bulletin followed Congressional inquiry into whether or not medical examiners were being improperly trained to require screening and testing for OSA, in violation of legislation enacted in 2013. The white paper is available here. For more information, contact P. Sean Garney
March Driver of the Month Nominations

We are now accepting driver of the month applications for March 2015. An application is attached, and you may also download an application from our webpage at on our Home Page under the Driver of the Month tab.


All applications must be in by Friday, March 20 at 12:00p.

Safety Corner - By Jake Sandau

The Three Big Risks for Professional Drivers

Aside from the many hazards our divers face each day on the road, the FMCSA has identified the three biggest risks that drivers face. Adding elements to your safety program that discuss these topics is a good way to make sure they are reviewed on a regular basis.


1)      Not Using a Seat Belt - the simple task of buckling up is the most effective way to prevent crash related injuries or fatalities.  Employers can decrease this risk by requiring that drivers and passengers buckle up on each trip. 


2)      Drowsy Driving - while easier said than done, getting a good amount of sleep each day is extremely important to a drivers' health and safety. Sleep-deprived people may have slower reaction times and impaired judgment. Take the time to discuss this topic with your drivers to make sure they are getting adequate rest.


3)      Distracted Driving - when a driver engages in distracted driving they are putting themselves and others in harm's way. This can happen when a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off driving. Employers should discuss these behaviors with drivers to ensure that their people and equipment are safe while on the road.


Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2009 and 2014; Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2011

Montana State Fund Safety Workshops   



A Clue Towards Safety

March Safety Workshops


You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to understand the signs of workers' compensation fraud or how to investigate an incident at your workplace. What you need is a succinct workshop that will clue you in on simple steps to understanding and identifying these issues. Join our Safety Services Specialist, Kirk Smith and members of Montana State Fund's Special Investigation Unit this March as they present, A Clue Towards Safety.


Topics include:


Detecting Fraud: 

What is workers' compensation fraud? What can you do if you suspect it? Find out how to identify and report potential fraudulent claims that could be made by employees, employers and medical providers.  We will also highlight Montana State Fund's efforts to investigate fraud and recent court case rulings.

Incident Investigation:

This session will educate participants on the importance of investigating "incidents", not just accidents.  Just investigating accidents can prevent organizations from identifying problem areas before they cause accidents.  During this session, we discuss the different aspects of incident investigation from the philosophy and purpose to the techniques and tools needed to be successful in preventing future accidents.  

March 10 - Great Falls (Holiday Inn)
March 12 - Kalispell (Hampton Inn)
March 13 - Missoula (Grant Creek Inn)
March 25 -  Bozeman (Holiday Inn)
March 26 - Miles City  (Sleep Inn & Suites)
March 27 - Billings (Big Horn Resort) 

Interested? The free trainings take place from 8:30 am -Noon.
To register go to   

 If you have questions, call 800-332-6102 extension 5361 (Kirk Smith).


Safety Workshops is the official general announcement e-blast for Montana State Fund workshops.



Mark Your Calendar


Montana ESGR & Montana Department of Labor Workforce Services Offices Job Fairs 2015

Early Entry Military, Military Spouses and Vets

Employers will be hiring


Billings Jobs Jamboree

March 18, 2015

METRA PARK Billings Montana

Contact Trisha Glenn 406-655-6081 Registration online now


Great Falls Community Job Fair

March 24, 2015

Great Falls, MT

Montana Expo Park Exhibition Hall

Great Falls Job Service Contact Barbara Hardy (406) 791-5816 


Southwestern Montana Job Fair

March 25, 2015

Butte Montana

Butte Plaza Mall 

Job Service Manager Butte Marilyn Ohman (406) 494-0300 


Bozeman Community Job Fair

April 8, 2015

Gallatin County Fairgrounds Bozeman, MT

Bozeman Job Service Contact Debbie Berg (406) 582-9200 


Miles City Job Fair

April 8, 2015

A small job fair but closer to energy jobs in North Dakota

Miles Community College Miles City, MT

Miles City Job Service contact Cindy Erickson (406) 232-8349 


Helena Community Job Fair

April 9 2015

Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Helena MT

Helena Job Service Contact Carol Rule (406) 447-3215 


Flathead Valley Job Fair

April 16, 2015

Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell, MT

Flathead Job Service Contact Bill Gilbert (406) 758-6240 

or Roberta Diegel Business Resource Consultant Flathead Job Service (406) 758-6273 


North Western Montana's Largest Career Fair

April 21, 2015

Missoula, MT

Hilton Garden Inn

Missoula Job Service Contact Wolf Ametsbichler (406) 728-7060 


SafetyFestMT Lewistown      

SafetyFestMT: Lewistown 2015!

March 10 - 12, 2015
Yogo Inn

211 E Main St
Lewistown, MT 59457

Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of the fantastic line up of FREE classes available at the Lewistown 2015 SafetyFestMT.

Lewistown Class Materials:

Agenda  Class Descriptions Instructor Bios



To register as an exhibitor please use the contact information below.  Spaces are limited so don't wait!

Please contact:
Casey Kyler-West at 406.444.5267 or

Thank you for your support of SafetyFestMT!

Save The Date RMRSR 2015