Managing Extreme Exposures on America's Highways

Quality Distribution’s Mike McDonald steers his company past a truckload of risk management challenges.

Quality Distribution truckPotentially explosive cargo, stressful week-long drives and unpredictable weather conditions are just a few of the many risks trucking company Quality Distribution Inc. (QD) has to overcome in transporting bulk items for clients such as DuPont, Bayer, Sunoco, ExxonMobil, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.

Since many of the goods carried by QD’s trucks—among them plastics, dry and liquid food-grade items, and oil—will eventually be processed into other items, the contents of its trucks are typically in highly concentrated forms that can be poisonous or flammable if spilled.

Accidents Do Happen: The Spill Drill

However, not all accidents are preventable through driver vigilance—and if an incident does occur, QD can call one of its two specialty North American environmental-emergency response vendors: American Compliance Technologies and Emergency Response & Training Solutions, both of which maintain a network of cleanup contractors that can respond to a scene at any time of day or night.

Underwriting Large Fleets No Small Challenge

The size of Quality Distribution’s fleet—3,300 tractors (or “power units”) and 7,500 trailers—makes insurers take a long, hard look before underwriting QD’s risks, says McDonald.

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