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September 5, 2017

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

When testing a fleet vehicle, you first need to determine whether it can fulfill various fleet applications. Next, assess the variables that influence the total cost of ownership, determine safety ratings, and evaluate driver ergonomics.

August 22, 2017

Aluminum Folding Ladder

The new Aluminum Folding Ladder from Rhino-Rack is the ideal accessory to access those hard-to-reach items on top of a truck without straining your back.

July 3, 2017

Fleet Liability for Add-On Equipment

Employers put themselves and others at great risk when they fail to train their employees on the proper use of equipment. Failure to ensure that employees fully comply with equipment use policies can compound the liability risk.

May 9, 2017

Peterbilt Adds Three Model 520 Configurations, Shows Electric Demo

Peterbilt showcased three new cab configurations of the Model 520 refuse truck and displayed a battery-electric demo version at the WasteExpo 2017 show in New Orleans.

May 8, 2017

Optimizing Truck and Van Specs

Without fully understanding the fleet application requirements and operating parameters of truck and van assets, it is impossible to spec the best powertrain, chassis, and body needed to optimize productivity and total cost of ownership.

April 4, 2017

Improving Truck Ergonomics for Driver Safety

OSHA regs require an employer to provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. The best way to make a work truck fleet more ergonomic is to proactively identify and rectify potential issues.

September 28, 2016

The Invisible Cost of Low Driver Morale

There is a direct correlation between high driver morale and high driver productivity. The converse is also true. The hidden cost of low driver morale has a direct bearing on a company’s bottom line. While low morale is an HR/management issue, and even though fleet managers do not control driver salaries, there are actions that fleets can take to help increase driver morale.

August 15, 2016

How to Avoid Cargo Handling Injuries

Improper ergonomic behavior when handling vehicle equipment and cargo can result in musculoskeletal injuries. Here are some examples of the best and worst ways to work ergonomically. Read the full story here. Photos courtesy of DECKED.

July 22, 2016

Proper Upfitting Specifications will Decrease Workers' Comp Claims

Under OSHA regulations, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. Across a variety of vocational segments, today’s fleet managers are devoting increased consideration to ensuring upfits will be ergonomically safe for the driver over the service life of the vehicles. Here's what they are doing to reduce Workers' Comp claims.

July 8, 2016

Long Haul Series Truck Seat System

Minimizer has incorporated ergonomics, safety, and whole body health into one “system” that provides all of the desired features requested by professional drivers.

March 21, 2016

Ergonomics Is the Missing Link in Calculating Total Cost of Ownership

The key word in calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) is total. When spec’ing vehicles, the cost-avoidance benefits of good ergonomics must be monetized to an approximate value and factored into calculating the true total cost of ownership.

November 16, 2015

90% of Ford Vehicles Share Front Seat Architecture

Nearly 90% of Ford vehicles sold in North America share a common front seat architecture that allows Ford to more easily implement features such as mutli-adjusting, massage, and heating/cooling that enhance vehicle comfort, according to a release.

June 1, 2015

Ergonomics and Enhanced Operator Safety Emphasized During Upfitting

Ergonomics and operator safety is a growing concern by HR and risk management departments, since there has been an uptick of workers’ compensation claims by fleet drivers. As a result of strong trends in the upfit market, there is an increased focus on designing upfits to enhance operator safety.

March 3, 2015

Ford Lowers Noise Levels in F-650/F-750 Trucks

Ford's redesigned 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks will offer a lower noise level than outgoing models mostly due to the redesigned turbo diesel engine, Ford announced on the eve of NTEA's Work Truck Show.

August 29, 2014

10 Driver Friendly Features of the 2015 F-150

Ford lists 10 features of the 2015 F-150 pickup that were designed for drivers that make interacting with the truck easier. The features were based on customer research conducted by Ford human factor engineers. Photos courtesy of Ford.

August 1, 2014

Upfits Designed with Ergonomics in Mind

When spec’ing a truck, fleet managers must also keep in mind the health and well-being of the driver while on the road and at a jobsite. Protecting drivers from musculoskeletal injuries will keep them on the job and the fleet running smoothly.

April 23, 2014

Nissan NV200: A Mobile Office

Dean Bowman of Nissan discusses the interior ergonomics that make the Nissan NV200 compact cargo van an ideal mobile office.

April 14, 2014

Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

Traditionally, executive and sales vehicles have been used by corporations as an employee recruitment and retention tool. Could service vehicles be used the same way? For example, could the type of service vehicles you have in operation also be used to lure qualified employees or retain current employees? I believe they can, if marketed correctly.

November 27, 2013

Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management in 2014

Calendar-years 2014 and 2015 will be pivotal years for truck fleet management due to the discontinuation of long-time commercial vehicles and the all-new replacement models and upfit packages entering the market. This is prompting vehicle and equipment specification revisions from the perspective of fleet efficiencies and driver satisfaction. Here are the Top 12 trends.

November 15, 2013

6 Principles for Selecting Upfits with Ergonomics in Mind

Spec’ing vehicles with driver ergonomics will make a happier, safer driver who will be more enthusiastic and better prepared for work.

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