January 2015

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accident story and allow for documen- tation of accountability and corrective actions that can be taken to prevent a future occurrence? Also, review accident reporting and follow-up responsibilities within the dealership – need any changes? Re-state to all employees that all accidents and injuries must be reported to designated personnel immediately. Fleet Safety – It's a sad fact, but the equipment distribution industry will continue to experience severe accidents and losses from vehicle operations. At a minimum, your organization should require all drivers to sign an annual statement committing to safe and accident-free driving. You should also explore what improvements can be made to your driver-qualification process. Are you really checking to make sure that you're hiring only the best drivers to represent your dealership? If not, you're leaving the door open for an unprofessional driver to come knocking and the risk associated with hiring them. Last, you should have a safety- training schedule planned throughout the year to reinforce your vehicle safety expectations. Include topics that will focus on reducing distracted driving occurrences and address electronic device usage while driving. Ultimately, these efforts can influence driving behavior and help avoid potential vehicle accidents. ese topics are a small but vital part of any dealership's operations. Don't wait long to blast out that 2015 safety commitment statement from execu- tive leadership and initiate the review process. You can't afford to let time tick away, leaving your annual safety goals undefined. at's an enormous risk, so let's get going – and good luck! n Property and casualty coverages and safety services are underwritten, issued and/or administered by a member of the Sentry Insurance Group, Stevens Point, WI. For a complete listing of companies, visit sentry. com. Policies, coverages, benefits and discounts are not available in all states. See policy for complete coverage details. is document is made available by Sentry Insurance a Mutual Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "SIAMCO") with the understanding that SIAMCO is not engaged in the practice of law, nor is it rendering legal advice. e information contained in this document is of a general na- ture and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Legal obligations may vary by state and locality. No one should act on the information contained in this document with- out legal advice from competent and licensed local professionals. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT IS DISTRIB- UTED BY SIAMCO "AS-IS", WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES. SIA- MCO WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY WITH RESPECT TO ANY LOSSES OR DAMAGES CAUSED, OR AL- LEGED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY THIS DOCUMENT, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE AND FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE AND DEATH) OR OTHER GROUNDS. ERIC STILES is Sentry's lead account executive responsible for maintaining the AED/ Sentry relationship. As the en- dorsed P&C carrier for AED, Sentry Insur- ance offers great coverage options and services to meet your dealership needs. ("Speak Loud and Clear on Safety This Year" continued from page 64) 66 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | January 2015 >> PLAY IT SAFE Please visit us in CONDEX Booth 315

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