Each year, 20 million drivers meet with fleet accidents. The annual cost of recovery for shipping companies is over $250 billion. Does your company have a system in place to identify carrier risks during pickup and delivery? If you are reliant on a 3PL carrier company, are you asking the right questions about safety and security?

If not, you are at risk of either losing freight or damaging your trucks, incurring high insurance costs or worse, endangering your employees’ lives. To identify and mitigate risks, and to ensure the best safety measures, here are 4 things that DTDC monitors during pickups & deliveries:

Efficient Securement Practices:
Behind every successful delivery is resilient securing, which keeps the freight intact and unharmed throughout the trip. To avoid mixing freight load, carrier companies must imbibe the best practices at load securing across various stages of the supply chain. During pickups, the most common approaches are filling up void spaces in both lateral and longitudinal directions or tie-down assemblies, ensuring that the trailers are loaded tight.

Additionally, the load securement equipment must be appropriate to the trailer, and must be replaced periodically. Ensure high-grade load securement and enjoy accident-free shipping.

Protective Equipment for Employees:
All stakeholders involved in loading and unloading heavy duty shipments put their lives at risk. Pre-emptive measures to ensure their safety can save your company’s insurance costs from shooting up. Provide them with safety glasses, hardhats, steel-toed boots, and aid protection from harsh pollutants, be it air or noise pollution.

If you observe carriers from your 3PL continually engaging in risky behaviour without proper protection, it’s time you reconsidered your association with them.

Safety for drivers:
It is critical to have a formal safety policy that demonstrates your company’s commitment towards protecting your drivers and the vehicle operators. They must possess sound health of body and mind, and must remain compliant to stated rules and road safety regulations.

An intoxicated driver can cost your company two things –
Most importantly, a life. Secondly, your good reputation and attitude towards employee safety.

Inspection & Maintenance of Equipment:

This hinges on two things – a thorough assessment of all equipment used for freight transportation before pickups, and choosing the right vehicle for the shipment. While the latter ensures that trailers do not carry commodities that exceed the vehicle’s capacity, the former involves regular check-ups and maintenance of your equipment, especially your trucks.

Vetting your equipment can help spot risks at a preliminary stage, and can significantly minimise damages and reduce risk of accidents involving your cargo.

An impeccable risk control program is an amalgamation of coherent planning, seamless operations, appropriate training/supervision, state of the art emergency equipment, and top notch vehicle maintenance and inspection. Here’s to ensuring that your business is in the right place, and in the right hands with DTDC.