Archive for March, 2012

Atlas creates truck driver jobs

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Atlas, the national moving company, announced its intentions this week to add at least 100 truck driver jobs as part of its new Drive Atlas initiative.

It will expand by building a new Shuttle Fleet, or drop and hook trailer delivery service, as well as expanding its existing Commercial Truckload Division. For the new Shuttle Fleet, Atlas is currently filling both over-the-road and regional driving jobs, allowing flexible home for drivers in this fleet.

Baker College to create truck driver jobs

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Baker College made the announcement this week that it is partnering with a West Michigan transportation company to create truck driver jobs.

The company will focus on certifying people to drive trucks for future jobs.

Baker is a private, nonprofit career college with campuses throughout Michigan.

It plans on partnering with Anthony Luurtsema Truck Lines to open a truck driving training facility in Zeeland.

There is a shortage of truck drivers nationwide, and this school hopes to plug this gap.

The program will take about 20 weeks to complete. It will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Luurtsema in Zeeland.

According to MLive, the idea for the partnership started in 2010, when Ross Luurtsema, owner of the trucking company, came to Baker

14% of truck drivers are affected by fatigue

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2012 Sleep in America poll, fourteen percent of truck drivers are tired on the job, which can be dangerous during long hauls.

The poll asks transportation professionals, including pilots, train operators, truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers about their sleep habits and work performance.

About one-fourth of train operators (26%) and pilots (23%) admit that sleepiness has affected their job performance at least once a week, compared to about one in six non-transportation workers (17%).

A significant number say that sleepiness has caused safety problems on the job. One in five pilots (20%) admit that they have made a serious error and one in six train operators (18%) and truck drivers (14%) say that they have had a “near miss” due to sleepiness.

Sleepiness has also played a role in car accidents commuting to and from work. Pilots and train operators are significantly more likely than non-transportation workers (6% each, compared to 1%) to say that they have been involved in a car accident due to sleepiness while commuting.

“Driving home from work after a long shift is associated with crashes due to sleepiness,” says Dr. Sanjay Patel, a sleep researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “We should all be concerned that pilots and train operators report car crashes due to sleepiness at a rate that is six times greater than that of other workers.”