July News Letter

Kim Lundeen Long Haul Trucking

From the desk of John Daniels…..
30YEARSAs I look back at the past 30 years, I can say from the beginning, we have been truly blessed with the best people in all of the transportation industry. It started in 1986 when our first company driver, Harry Slimmer, and our first Owner Operator, Ray Hainstock, set the standard that LHT was the company with America’s best drivers, driving the best equipment in the industry! In 30 years, some companies may have grown 10 times faster than ours; however, I am proud to say our growth from 3 rigs to over 300 in those 30 years was built with quality, not quantity! I am so proud of our team and the great staff we have here at Long Haul. I want to thank each and every one of you current and past employees for making Long Haul Trucking America’s premier Conestoga fleet! It’s great people like you that make me want to come to work each and every day! Thank you all for 30 awesome years …JD

Coworker’s generosity helps Bill Siems qualify for “Champions Level”
BILLS_AWARDMy wife, Brenda, and I took part in the 25th annual Tour de Cure on June 4th. We each rode 43 miles and raised money for Diabetes Research. The fundraising goal for just the Minneapolis ride was approximately 1 million dollars . There are multiple rides across the country and throughout the summer and fall. Thanks to my generous coworkers (including one who donated $700 and wishes to remain anonymous) as well as family and friends, I raised over $1000 and qualified for the “Champions Level.” This allowed Brenda and I to attend a special dinner the night before the ride and will allow me to order such things a special 25th anniversary jersey, among other benefits. Brenda also exceeded her goal and will be ordering a nice gift. It was a great ride and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.

Ms Deb McDougal has joined Long Haul Trucking as Company Driver Payroll Administrator.
Deb’s responsibilities will include new hire paperwork for orientation of company drivers and taking care of all company driver questions, requests, changes, and the processing of the company driver payroll with Paylocity and as an assistant to Iris.

Deb comes to Long Haul with several years of payroll and bookkeeping experience, having served in her last three positions as payroll specialist. She also has a degree and expertise in Horticulture. If you have a gardening question, she may have the answer. Join us in welcoming Deb to our team!

Her work station is located in the office area behind the kitchen at Club 94, Apex building.
You can reach Deb at extension 5648 or direct at 763-497-5648. email: DebM@longhaultrucking.com

Safety News
Please join us in congratulating Todd Huss, George Tricas, Joel Black, Michael Durham, Anthony Acker, Ken Wisnasky and Al Smith for receiving clean inspections during Roadcheck 2016. Each of them will be receiving a $50 visa gift card in appreciation of their clean inspection. We received a total of 8 inspections during this years Roadcheck, 7 of which were violation free.

Hello Long Haul Drivers, Dr. Dan Belde here. I hope all of you are well and safe on the roads!

I wanted to address the most common medical problem affecting commercial drivers across the nation, high blood pressure, AKA: hypertension. Hypertension is known as the silent killer because it rarely gives you any physical warning that it is happening. It is a risk variable for heart attacks and strokes, among many other problems. When you have other medical problems and then get a diagnosis of hypertension you now just have more to worry about because it almost always will complicate other medical conditions. I am here to help all the Long Haul drivers stay safe on the road and I am inviting you (anytime) to stop in and have your blood pressure taken, no charge, no problem!

DOT Rules/Recommendations on Hypertension:
A driver with a diagnosis of hypertension taking the proper medication qualifies for at least an annual certification when his/her blood pressure is measured at 140/90 or lower. If your blood pressure measures too high you will most likely be sent back to your prescribing doctor to re-evaluate. Of course there are different circumstances that I will consider for every driver. I may or may not be able to keep you on the road during this interim while you visit your prescribing doctor.

Here’s the good news….A driver with a Blood pressure (BP) at 140/90 or under may be certified for a full 2 years.

Pay attention to the numbers:
Your options the (First time) your BP is elevated at a DOT Physical:
*Stage 1 – BP 140-159/90-99 Certification Period 1 year and we will discuss healthy living choices. If you come back the next year with ongoing hypertension I will send you to your primary physician for immediate intervention.

*Stage 2 – BP 160-179/100-109 Certification Period 3 months (as one time certification.) Within the 3 months, if the blood pressure is at or below 140/90, the driver may receive 1 year certification.

*Stage 3 – BP Reading >180/110 Disqualified. When the blood pressure is less than 140/90, the driver can be certified at 6 month intervals. These type elevated values are known to be emergent and must be medically worked up quickly to inhibit any further damage to your body.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call my clinic at anytime, I am here for you! Thank you all for your patronage over the past several years. If you would like me to address any other specific topics please call the clinic. Upcoming I will address diabetes and sleep apnea. Stay healthy and safe! Thank You- Sincerely, Dr. Dan Belde 763-420-3232

Come visit us at the 37TH ANNUAL WALCOTT TRUCKERS JAMBOREE JULY 14-16, 2016!

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