doctorAre drivers, managers, and and others in the transportation industry making their jobs risker than they need to be?  That is the interesting question posed in a thought-provoking article recently posted on the Commercial Carrier Journal website in the CCJ Blog called “Commercial Trucking Disease: Symptoms and Treatment” by Kevin Jones.

Jones found his inspiration from an article by Mario Vittone on commercial fisherman who take unnecessary risks.  Vittone named this mindset Commercial Fishing Disease (CFD).  Vittone goes on to say that he knows of many commercial fisherman that “seemed to be trying very hard to die.”

“Vittone then details the symptoms of what he calls Commercial Fishing Disease (CFD), a preventable waterborne ailment common to those proud, stubborn individualists who make their living harvesting the bounty of the oceans, particularly “most of the ones I’ve met in the back of a [rescue] helicopter,” he adds.”

Applying this concept to professional truck drivers,  Kevin Jones explains the danger of ignoring close calls:

“Of course, in trucking there are very few disasters with a happy ending. More subtly, Commercial Trucking Disease thrives on the all-or-nothing nature of the business: If nothing broke, nobody got hurt and the load got delivered, then nothing happened – no matter how many close calls along the way. And if nothing happened, then there’s no lesson to be learned.”
What do you think?  Know anyone with a touch of the CTD?  If you are looking for a compelling way to engage drivers (and everyone else) at your company in a fresh way of discussing safety culture, consider distributing copies of both articles mentioned above and see if you generate some robust discussion of safety culture for your team.  Consider it a booster shot against “Commercial Trucking Disease.”