Safety precautions for truck drivers

Published: Aug. 2, 2018 at 7:37 PM AKDT
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Production, transportation, and material moving jobs lost 16 Alaska workers in 2016 alone.

Specific jobs in that field include truck drivers.

Carlile Transportation recognizes this risk and staff start the safety conversation with the hiring process.

Lisa Marquiss is the Corporate Director of Safety and Compliance at Carlile.

“We make sure that they're qualified, we do road tests with them, we make sure they have the correct endorsements, we do background checks,” she said.

With winter lasting six months out of the year in Alaska, additions are added to each driver's truck to ensure the safety of both Carlile employees and the community.

Marquiss adds that they’re driving with the public so they need to make sure that whatever they transport stays on the trailer.

And for those long drives up the Dalton, tires are equipped with heavy duty chains for increased traction, employees have reflective outerwear and satellite service.

“Because if a driver does have a break down, we can look and see what other drivers around them, heading towards them, and its Alaska so that could be critical depending on the weather," Marquiss said.

Drivers even have their own training if the Dalton Highway is their main transportation route Nate Pierce who is part of safety operations said.

“We have a training program for up their where new drivers starting with Carlile, they have to make eight trips with a seasoned driver, training rounds before they're allowed to drive on their own up there,” he said.

Carlile also produces a Drivers Guide and tool bag full of "driver specific" tools to all new drivers, before they hit the road.