Watch those post-crash-inspection violations

| May 06, 2013

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They shouldn’t be assigned severity weights to contribute to a carrier’s ranking in any Compliance, Safety, Accountability BASIC (Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) if the violation was a result of the crash. Unfortunately, according to a carrier in attendance at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s “Life Cycle of a Roadside Inspection Violation” workshop in Louisville April 22, this fact has gone overlooked by some officers in the unfortunate atmosphere of a post-crash melee.

rollover crashIn essence, officers have an area on their inspection reports to mark any violation as occurring as the result of a crash. “Post-crash inspections are tough,” said a Kentucky State Police officer that was part of the presentation at the CVSA workshop. They’re oftentimes performed right there “at the scene” of the crash itself, he added, and in situtations where damage is extensive, “we could go on for days with violations.”

“It really comes down to the officer wanting to document the conditions that need to be fixed before the vehicle can get back on the road,” said FMCSA Associate Enforcement Administrator Bill Quade, explaining the reasons for documenting the violations on the reports. “Different states do use it differently, but if [the violation] was a result of the crash, the carrier doesn’t get any points in the CSA system.”

Or shouldn’t. It’s a good idea to double-check inspectors’ work after post-crash violations are documented to ensure they’re not contributing to your own or your carrier’s CSA percentile rankings once they’re uploaded to the federal database. ”If they do, that can be DataQ’d and it can be fixed,” Quade added, referring the DataQs system for carrier challenges to inspection violations.

Have you seen post-crash violations show up with severity weights in your CSA profile?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000251528122 Richard Wilson

    Oh have u got some of those for ya!

  • http://www.facebook.com/channel19todd Todd Dills

    Share some examples? Stuff showing up in CSA SMS rankings?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000251528122 Richard Wilson

    Report #: NCXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Report State: NC

    Inspection State: NC

    Inspection Date: 11/21/2012

    Start-End Time: 1447-2100

    Inspection Level: Walk-Around

    Inspection Facility: Roadside

    Post Crash Inspection: Yes

    Hazmat Placard Required: NO

    393.104(c) 2 No Damaged Vehicle Structures/Anchor Points Vehicle Maint.

    * 396.3(a)(1) *** 1 No Inspection, Repair And Maintenance Of Parts & Accessories Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.9 *** 2 No Inoperable Required Lamp Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.60(c) *** 1 No Damaged Or Discolored Windshield Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.104(b) *** 2 No Damaged Securement System/Tiedowns Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.67(c)(7) *** 1 No Fuel Tank Fill Pipe Cap Missing Vehicle Maint.

    * 396.3(a)(1) *** 1 No Inspection, Repair And Maintenance Of Parts & Accessories Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.100(b) *** 2 No Leaking/Spilling/Blowing/Falling Cargo Vehicle Maint.

    * 396.3(a)(1) *** 1 No Inspection, Repair And Maintenance Of Parts & Accessories Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.203(c) *** 1 No Hood Not Securely Fastened Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.9TS *** 2 No Inoperative Turn Signal Vehicle Maint.

    * 396.3(a)(1) *** 1 No Inspection, Repair And Maintenance Of Parts & Accessories Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.203(b) *** 1 No Cab/Body Improperly Secured To Frame Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.203(e) *** 1 No Cab Front Bumper Missing/Unsecured/Protrude Vehicle Maint.

    * 393.203(a) *** 1 No Cab Door Missing/Broken Vehicle Maint.

    Ya think this was damage?

    Rich Wilson, CRCC

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    1-800-367-9100 office

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000251528122 Richard Wilson

    Type Severity Rate Timed weight
    (A) (B) (A)X(B)

    Truck Tractor 25 2 50

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000251528122 Richard Wilson

    you bring up a very good reference to “”If they do, that can be DataQ’d and it can be fixed,” Quade added, referring the DataQs system for carrier challenges to inspection violations. Nope they WILL NOT change it!, at this point they feel what ever the officer finds is relevant to the accident, and in itself may not lead to additional points on the CSA by not determining fault, and just basing it on “RECORDIBILITY” stands as a black eye towards the carrier. This data is “Supposed to be unavailable to the public” Well #1 it is available and #2 I have filed many a recordable by incedent but with out fault and every one was turned down “no action taken!” The system is flawed and every piece of damaging evidence reports, SMS, Data, is against the carrier, NOTING is in favor or is there a system to help carriers manage what is published about them! What I find amazing how the “BIG BOYS” have thousands of accidents, highly visible but never seem to have numbers, consistent with….. but the lil guys can have 3 or 4 that weren’t their fault and someones breathing down their throats!

  • Hellbent706

    At one time I had a total of 5 trucks leased on to my authority starting out with a very good safety record. Within a three month period two trucks went out on the road and got inspected. Some violations were found and I received a letter in the mail from the DOT (FMCSA) threatening to target my company with increased roadside inspections all the way to revoking my authority. So obviously I got rid of that O/O and his two trucks but my record will remain for years regardless. My point is.. there is a serious problem when a company with 200 trucks can land 20x more violations than a company with 2 trucks but only the 2 truck company will get shut down. I wonder why the DOT act like they don’t even notice the discrepancy?

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  • RGooch1969

    Todd, your work in this field is off the hook. Thank God we have a person, a writer and reporter like you watching out for our drivers and our carriers.
    Rickey Gooch
    Justice for Truckers