March 23, 2015:  MCM Weekly Newsletter

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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

April 1  Safety Supervisor of the Year applications due

April 8  Billings Safety Meeting
             5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Motor Power Equipment
             Speaker:  Bendix Brakes
             Topic:  All aspects of disk brakes

April 10  TDC Driver Registration form due

April 17 SuperTech Registration form & Sponsorship form due

April 21 Missoula Safety Meeting 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
               Location, Speaker, Topic TBA

May 1   Fleet Safety, Leonard Eckel Scholarship,  TDC Entry & Release forms, TDC Sponsorship, TDC  
              Volunteer forms due

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

May 13  Billings Safety Meeting, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
              Location:  TBA
              Speaker:  Bruce Holmes, FMCSA
              Topic:  Latest regulation news

May 19 Missoula Safety Meeting, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
             Location, Speaker, Topic TBA

June 20  Truck Driving Championships
               Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds
               Helena, MT

June 22-24 Summer Share The Road, Billings
July 15-17 RMRSR
                  Mountain View Ranch, ID
                  Refer to flyer below 
Types of Distractions By Jake Sandau
In 2012, crashes injured approximately 26,000 drivers or their passengers in the U.S. alone. Of those drivers whose accident resulted in lost work days, about 41% of them missed more than 31 days. While certainly not all of these crashes were the fault of the driver, it is safe to assume that many were. This industry is filled with responsible, professional drivers that log millions of miles with no accidents. However, it seems that the "bad apples" get all of the press.  Please take a moment to remind all of your drivers of the types of distractions they face while on the road and why it's important to focus 100% on driving safely. In doing so, hopefully you have just prevented the next accident from occurring on our roadways.

Visual:  These distractions include anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road.  Examples are: reading or sending text messages or programming a GPS.

Manual:  A manual distraction takes a drivers hands off the wheel.  Examples are:  Talking on a handheld cell phone, connecting to music, or eating.

Cognitive:  A cognitive distraction may not be seen as easily.  This type of distraction takes the driver's mind off the task of driving.  Examples are:  thinking about next appointment or arguing with a passenger.

*Source;  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013
MSF Board Dividend Check Should Be Arriving to MCM Members By April 1

The Motor Carriers of Montana (MCM) Workers' Compensation Group Program offered through Montana State Fund (MSF) has earned nearly $164,000 in group retention returns for qualifying policyholders.  The returns are based on the groups' overall premium & loss experience for the period of July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 and will be distributed to qualifying MCM policyholders by the end of March 2015. 


The MCM/MSF Group program is focused on working with participating policyholders to improve their safety programs and provide a safe working environment for their employees.  A safe workplace reduces injuries and costs.  And, if the overall experience of the group Program is favorable, the participating policyholders with low injury costs can realize a return premium. 


There is no extra cost to MCM members to participate in the Workers' Compensation Group Program.For more information about the Program, contact Jake Sandau at (406) 442-6600 or 

IFTA Decal Survey Underway

ATA is conducting an important, confidential data collection effort to quantify the entire costs that motor carriers incur in complying with the IFTA vehicle decals requirement. The data ATA seeks includes both the obvious costs of purchasing, processing, and distributing decals from a carrier's headquarters to its vehicles, but also the costs associated with decal violations and citations, and any vehicle downtime or rerouting costs incurred because of the need to apply IFTA decals. ATA is requesting that STAs share the survey with their members and encourage them to participate.


Note, when carriers are making cost estimates, they should be as complete as possible. Estimates should be reasonable, but they need not be conservative.


The importance of carrier participation in this survey cannot be overestimated. Timely and accurate survey responses will help support ATA's primary contention that the decal requirement is too costly and should be eliminated. The results of the aggregated confidential data will be shared with survey respondents in a special report from ATA's Safety Management Council.


If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Bob Pitcher at

2015 Event Applications
Any questions you may have regarding these events, please contact Katie at the MCM office, 406-442-6600 or
Click here    TDC Eligibility Info

Click here
  Safety Supervisor of the Year application DUE April 1

Click here  TDC Driver Registration DUE April 10 

Click here
  SuperTech Registration DUE April 17 
 Click here  SuperTech Sponsorship DUE April 17


DUE MAY 1   


Click here  Fleet Safety application  


Click here  Leonard Eckel Scholarship Application    

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

 Old Dominion  

Instructor 1

 Frank Molodecki - DTS  


 Melaine Collins - HOT Express  



Skyview         72 students

Monday, March 30, 2015

Driver/Truck 1

 A&I Distributors 

Driver/Truck 2

 Old Dominion

Driver/Truck 3

 Old Dominion

Instructor 1

 Stacey Hemming - Corcoran Trucking 


Tanya Hauptman - Motor Power Equipment



West High     60 students

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Driver/Truck 1

 A&I Distributors

Driver/Truck 2


Instructor 1

 Frank DTS or Stacey Corcoran Trucking 





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 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


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