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Dave Elniski

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Dave Elniski is a transportation safety professional, writer, and instructor based out of southern Alberta. Dave has worked as a driver in the flatbed segment of the industry and currently works as an Industry Advisor in Safety and Compliance with the Alberta Motor Transport Association, the AMTA. Additionally, he is a proud Canadian Armed Forces reservist.
In occupational health and safety (OH&S), hazard assessments are done to identify hazards that may be present to workers performing a certain job.  Hazard assessments are part of a thorough health and safety program, and the biggest advantage they...
On January 6th of 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse became a required part of an interstate carrier’s drug and alcohol compliance program.  For American companies, this applies to all individuals holding a...
I am a firm believer that the habit of regular and challenging reading is useful - perhaps essential - for professional and personal development.  However, knowing what to read and how to find it can be challenging when we...
Freight planning is an extremely challenging and stressful task for any organisation or individual. Given how many complexities and variables there are in moving freight, it is surprising things are as smooth as they frequently are. The challenges alluded to...
Unless they are volunteering their time, all truck drivers fall into one of two categories: company driver or owner-operator. One is not better than the other; instead, each pay deal offers its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the...
The safety performance records of commercial drivers are tracked in numerous ways. Both the Canadian and American governments have databases in which safety-related information is stored for drivers, and carriers in each country are required to also record certain...
Driving a commercial truck, bus, or other vehicle is a great ability to have.  If you make a living with your driver’s license, congratulations: you are a qualified worker in an essential industry where job prospects are generally strong. However,...
In a trucking company, a driver is endowed with a great deal of responsibility: they drive expensive vehicles and are the direct representatives of the company to the company’s customers.  Drivers can be a carrier’s biggest asset or liability. Negative...
Back in November of 2020, The Weather Network predicted that western Canada was in for a wild winter.  Along with storms from the Rocky Mountains clear across the prairies, temperatures were expected to be mild at times and then...
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a non-profit organisation that is made up of law enforcement, commercial vehicle safety inspectors, and industry members who all work together to improve and standardise the safety standards for the trucking industry. ...