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November 2015

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Northern Steel extends its sincerest gratitude to all of the Drivers, Employees and Family that make our company possible.

Without your support, another year in the books wouldn't be possible. We are truly grateful for your dedication to the Northern Steel tradition. We wish you and your family the best during the holiday season.

FMCSA: Hours of Service for Drivers


FMCSA issues regulatory guidance concerning the editing of records created by automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs). The guidance makes clear that, within certain limits, a driver must be allowed to review his or her AOBRD records, annotate and correct inaccurate records, enter any missing information, and certify the accuracy of the information.

The AOBRD must retain the original entries, and reflect the date, time, and name of the person making edits to the information. Drivers' supervisors may request that a driver make edits to correct errors, but the driver must accept or reject such requests. Driving time may not be edited except in the case of unidentified or team drivers, and when driving time was assigned to the wrong driver or no driver.

All prior Agency interpretations and regulatory guidance on this subject, including memoranda and letters, may no longer be relied upon to the extent they are inconsistent with this guidance.


This regulatory guidance is effective October 2, 2015, published in the Federal Register October 2, 2015, page 59664.

2015 International Roadcheck Results Released:

On September 29, 2015, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released the results of its annual safety and enforcement outreach event, International Roadcheck.

CVSA inspectors carried out 69,472 inspections across North America, 44989 of which were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. These inspections found 1,623 or 3.6 percent of drivers and 9,732 or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service (OOS) violations, which are the lowest OOS levels for which CVSA has data, back to 1991.

A Level 1 Inspection consists of 37 items that examine the driver's record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Items checked include driver's license, endorsements, seat belt usage, alcohol and/or drug use, brakes, cargo securement, coupling devices, lights, tires, steering, emergency exists, and electric systems. Other inspections conducted during this year's event included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.

During each year's event, there is a special emphasis on a category of violations. Cargo securement was this year's emphasis. Inspectors issued 2,439 violations for this category. The leading violations, by number of violations issued, were: (1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; (2) failure to secure truck equipment; (3) damaged tie downs; (4) insufficient tie downs; and (5) loose tie downs.

Safety Corner

Jen Speaks: Listen Up!

Jennifer will be visiting Toledo, Gary, Cleveland and Canton between now and January. Look for updates from you terminal manager.

Safety meetings will resume early Spring of 2016.


Don't Put Away the Grill Yet!

Try This Simple Yet Tasty Turkey On The Grill


1 1/2 cups salt

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 fresh turkey (12 pounds)

Directions to make brine:

Dissolve the salt and sugar in 2 gallons cold water in a large (at least 16 quart) stockpot or a clean 5 gallon bucket. You can also add fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, onions and garlic. Add the thawed turkey, cover and refrigerate, or set in a very cold place (that stays somewhere between 32 to 40 degrees F) for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine 1 hour before grilling. Rinse well under cold water and pat dry to remove the salt.

Prepare a charcoal grill for indirect grilling. The temperature inside the grill should be 350 degrees F.

Place the turkey on the grill, cover and grill until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 175 degrees F, this should take 2 hours to 2 1/2 hours. Important, let the turkey rest 1 hour before carving.


Did You Know?


- The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday

- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 46.5 million in 2011.

- Six states-Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, and Indinia-account for nearly two-thirds of the 248 million turkeys that will be raised in the U.S. this year.

- Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and New York are the major pumpkin growing states, together they produced 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin in 2010. Total U.S. production was over 1.5 billion pounds.

- The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.







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