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Pedestrian safety

Part of defensive driving is remembering you share the road with others. This includes pedestrians, who are vulnerable to vehicles and other hazards drivers may not think about.
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Circular logic: How to navigate a roundabout

Circular intersections come with their own set of rules, and can be a bit tricky to navigate if you’re not used to them.
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Every move begins with a pre-trip meeting

It takes teamwork, communication, to help ensure that the load you’re moving reaches its destination without incident. That’s why every Oversize Load move must begin with a pre-trip meeting.
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Breathing outside the box

Box breathing helps your body and mind return to a neutral state, regulating your heart rate and nervous system and helping you to think more clearly.
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Special Guests

The Safety Guy

Evergreen Safety Council sits down with Allen Taylor, the safety guy! Learn more about his experience with our training courses.

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What is the 3-4 Second Rule?

To reduce the risk of collision, it’s safest to stay 3-4 seconds behind the car in front of you. To measure this, pick a stationary object on the side of the road. Note when the car in front of you passes it, then count the seconds until you do.

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Pilot/Escort Vehicle Insurance

Many P/EVOs who have realized the importance of insurance have had the unfortunate experience of being sold insurance that is not adequate to cover activities performed as a P/EVO.
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The truth about forklift certification

Maybe you’ve seen offers like this and thought, "Well, that sounds to be to be true." That's because in this case, it is. The most blatant red flag is that forklift operators do not need a license, but a certification to be OSHA-Compliant.

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P/EVO supplies

New pilot/escort vehicle operators (P/EVOs) are responsible for acquiring their own equipment, unless supplied by an employer. The following supplies are recommended by Evergreen Safety Council, based on our Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Certification curriculum and the recommendations of the National Pilot Car Association. Please keep in mind that your state or jurisdiction may have additional requirements.


Let’s Get it Started

Powered industrial trucks (like forklifts) are invaluable tools in the workplace, but like humans they need fuel to perform. And like elite athletes, they need the correct fuel to perform their best.

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P/EVO distracted driving article

Find out where you can use your Pilot Car Certification! Colorado, Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia...
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Railroad safety for Oversize Loads

Collisions between trains and Oversize Loads are more common than you think. If your permitted route takes you over railroad tracks, including urban light rail crossings, your team will need to assess them and plan ahead in order to stay safe.

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A common misunderstanding about the effectiveness and unrealized danger of speeding. ​

The time you may save by speeding is never worth the potential consequences that may result from a speed-related collision.

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High Pole Basics

Depending on the height of the load, the front P/EVO may need to run with a high pole. A high pole is a measuring device, mounted on the front of the lead vehicle, that is used to measure the height of obstructions along the route. The use of a high pole may be mandated on the permit(s). But even in cases where it is not required by the permitting agency, the carrier or transport team may decide that it is a good idea to run with a high pole in order to ensure the safety of the load.
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Chason Coelho

Evergreen Safety Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Chason Coelho, Ph.D., CSP, CFI to its Board of Directors.


Rick Gleason and Todd Williams

Evergreen Safety Council’s Board of Directors recently said goodbye to retiring members Rick Gleason and Todd Williams.
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Pilot Car (P/EVO) Glossary

When you begin work as a Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator (P/EVO), you’ll need to become familiar with industry-specific terminology. This glossary includes official terms, as well as more informal lingo, that you can expect to hear and use while on the job.

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Pilot Car Certification Test Preparation Guide

Although your P/EVO course will cover all of the information you will be expected to know on the exam, we still have students ask if they can take a “pre-test,” or sample test, so they are familiar with the format and types of questions they’ll be asked. The following sample questions may give you an idea of what to expect from the exam.
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Heatstroke Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment for Flaggers

Heat-related illnesses can occur at any time, but workers are especially at risk during the warmer summer months. Whether you work outside or indoors, it’s important to learn to recognize signs and symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other heat-related illnesses—especially when temperatures rise.


National Work Zone Awareness Week - April 11-15, 2022

National Work Zone Awareness Week takes place each year during the beginning of “construction season” to remind road users to be mindful and use their best judgment when encountering work zones. The theme for this year’s event, hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation, is “Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.”


The Tipping Point

Tipovers are dangerous and preventable. Remembering these key points while operating your forklift can help mitigate the risk of a tipover.

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Five Simple Things You Can Do to Get Ready for Winter Driving

October is the time for turning leaves, corn mazes, and pumpkin spice everything. It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month*—the time to remember and recommit to safe driving habits.
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

October is the time for turning leaves, corn mazes, and pumpkin spice everything. It’s also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the time to recommit to safe driving habits.


Flagger Apparel Reference Guide

What you wear as a flagger is just as important as the role you perform. Get the correct high visibility safety apparel for flagging & becoming job-ready.

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Online Training Sucks

You might be tempted to buy into these popular misconceptions about online learning. It’s true that, just as with in-person learning, online learning can have its drawbacks. But when done correctly, online learning provides many of the same benefits as–and can even be superior to–in-person instruction.


Glow On: High-Visibility Work Zone Safety Apparel

You may have seen road and construction workers dressed in fluorescent (often referred to as “high-visibility” or “hi-vis”) safety gear such as hard hats and vests. You probably know that these bright colors help flaggers and other road workers stand out in situations where their safety is at risk. But do you know why hi-vis colors seem to glow the way they do?

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Oversize Load Bridge Hits: A growing problem with one simple solution.

When a vehicle or its load is too large to pass under a bridge, a bridge strike occurs. These strikes, or hits, result in millions of dollars in infrastructure damage each year and can be hazardous—even fatal—for those responsible for the collision, other drivers on the road, or bystanders. 
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Now Offering Online Forklift Certification Training

Evergreen Safety Council’s new online safety training for Powered Industrial Truck (forklift) operators makes compliance quick and easy. Our program lets you learn at your own pace on your computer or mobile device from the comfort of your home, office, or virtually anywhere with an internet connection.
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5 Steps to Preventing Bridge Hits

A bridge hit happens when a load is too large to fit under a structure, and part of the load strikes the bridge. A study of bridge hits in the last decade found that the average cost of a bridge strike is approximately $300,000 in infrastructure and property damage claims. When including the cost of route obstructions, injuries, fatalities and other losses, the cost of bridge strikes increases significantly.*


Now Offering Online Pilot Car Certification Training

Evergreen Safety Council is now approved to offer the Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator (P/EVO) training program online. Previously this course was only available via in-person training with an authorized instructor at a limited number of locations. Our new live online training program allows students the convenience of taking the certification training via computer at home, work, or virtually anywhere with an internet connection.

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Where can I use my Pilot Car Certification?

Find out where you can use your Pilot Car Certification! Colorado, Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia...

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Pilot Car Insurance is a Must

Pilot car operators perform work that is not without risk to the P/E vehicle operator, the motoring public, and to infrastructure such as bridges. While some states require that P/EVO’s carry insurance, there are other even more compelling reasons for P/EVOs to be covered.

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Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Certification

Pilot/Escort vehicles, also known as pilot cars, escort vehicles, flag cars, and chase cars, accompany Oversize Loads to help protect them and others on the road during transport. They play a critical role in protecting lives and preventing costly accidents.
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Now Offering Colorado Pilot Car Certification Training

Evergreen Safety Council today unveiled a new pilot/escort vehicle operator (P/EVO) certification training program for the State of Colorado. Training classes will be held regularly beginning in January 2020 via live online training sessions.


ESC President Discusses Emerging Safety Trends

The National Pilot Car Association (NPCA) welcomed Evergreen Safety Council President, Jeffrey Vaughan to address their membership in their July 2019 conference call.


Scholarship for Safety Health Careers

The Monty C. Lish & Stanley O. McNaughton Scholarship for Safety and Health Careers was developed to encourage more college students to consider safety and health professions as viable and worthwhile careers.


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The annual John D. Spellman Safety Award was created in 2006 to recognize ESC member organizations and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding safety achievements or have shown they are actively pursuing and reinforcing a positive safety culture in their workplace.


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