Author Archives: Jay Van Deurzen, Society Insurance Risk Control Representative

About Jay Van Deurzen, Society Insurance Risk Control Representative

Jay graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a B.S.E. degree in Occupational Safety in 1985. He began his career working in the risk control departments of various insurance companies. He joined the Society Risk Control Department in 1999.

24 Tips for Delivery Driver Safety

When you think about the most dangerous jobs, a non-CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) service or delivery driver does not usually come to mind. However, every year thousands of workers are injured or killed while performing a delivery. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 100,000 injuries and 300,000 accidents involving delivery vehicles in 2012 and Time magazine ranked it number eight on its list of the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in 2014.

Delivery driver dangers include vehicle accidents, injuries while performing the delivery such as back injuries and slips, trips and falls, or crime. Both employers and employees can take important steps to help reduce these hazards. (more…)

Checking Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) on Delivery Employees

What is an MVR, what is it used for, and who should be checked? A motor vehicle record (MVR) is a historical driving record that can be used to determine business risk associated with current and potential drivers. MVRs may include: (more…)

What to Pack in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Winter driving can be hazardous. Although not expected, there may be a time when your vehicle does becomes stranded. This is an emergency situation. Hopefully you have your roadside emergency kit packed in your vehicle and ready to help you.

The National Safety Council recommends having these items in your vehicle at all times: (more…)

Tips for Driving in a Winter Storm

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Winter Defense

The winter driving season means severe weather and dangerous driving conditions. Winter storms seem to pop up out of nowhere. As a driver, you should be aware of the many safety rules/strategies for winter driving.

Before the winter driving season even starts, it is important to have your vehicle checked out by an authorized mechanic. Your mechanic should check the condition of: (more…)