Where did the 2016 year go? It is customary to say this every December, but I truly feel like this year was a blur. Many things have changed and are changing in our industry. If you recap the monthly articles I wrote, I touched on many of them. We as an industry are at a deficit of available quality drivers, our operational cost continues to climb across the board, the issue of staffing challenges, increase in worker compensation and insurance rates, the falling prices of commodities and the need to increase service rates are a few of the highpoints. Gone are the days of being the cheapest hauler; we all work extremely hard and juggle many moving parts on a daily basis to work for low margins. Safety is a number one priority. In order to truly be safe you need to have members auditing on a daily basis. We are in the top five most dangerous occupations in the country and if we do not change our safety priorities, worker’s compensation and insurance premiums will eat you alive. Whether 2016 was a good or bad year, 2017 will have its opportunities and challenges related to success. I suggest that good or bad, you need to get ready to hit the ground running in 2017.
Finishing the year strong is very important. During the holiday season, there are many hazards that could cause concerns to your safety program. I will briefly lay out a few:
I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous end to 2016. Take the time to recognize and reward key people in the organization. Encourage them to spend time with their families and remember the meaning for the seasons. I hope everyone has enjoyed this year’s articles. I encourage you to reach out with any topics or concerns that you would like me to discuss or give my thoughts on. From my family and members of Florida Express Environmental, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s finish strong and get ready for 2017! | WA
John Paglia, III is a 4th generation garbage man. Before he climbed the ranks to become Florida Express Environmental’s (Ocala, FL) General Manager, he had a successful career in college and professional athletics. John has been around the garbage industry since his car seat days. Currently, John is focused on growing his company and offering the highest level of customer service and prolonging the world that we live in today. John wakes up every day knowing the impact professional haulers have on their community is far greater than most realize. He can be reached at (352) 629-4349, e-mail John3@ floridaexpress.us or visit www.floridaexpress.us.