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Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:26

Louisiana Collision Repair Association Talks I-CAR, EDRs, and OSHA

The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association held their monthly meeting on March 1, 2011 at the Country Tavern Restaurant in Shreveport. NWLCRA President, Chris Fielder, and Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Burnside, hosted the meeting.  First the I-CAR class schedule (on the NWLCRA website Calendar page) for Shreveport was discussed.

I-CAR courses will no longer be under the “points” system; once a student completes a course subject successfully, they will be credited with hours instead of points.

Burnside discussed the upcoming Louisiana Legislature that will convene in March and invited discussion on how the Collision Industry can become more involved in the Louisiana Legislature. He suggested anyone with ideas to promote involvement should come to the next meeting. Some discussions have mentioned a possible Auto Collision ad hoc committee.

The new Snapshot Discount device, which is an Event Data Recorder (EDR) aka “Black Box,” that Progressive insurance has introduced was discussed (see sidebar).

The EDR is placed in an insured’s vehicle and information is recorded. Data regarding speed, braking, sudden stops, etc. are then sent to the insurance company. The insured is given a reduction in insurance premium and a reduction in their deductible for their participation in this program.

This technology has the ability to affect a claim. For example, EDR information was used to reconstruct an accident in which a driver claimed to have hit a deer.

The change in velocity recorded by the EDR clearly showed a collision with a fixed object, not a deer. It was later determined the driver hit a concrete barrier.

Bill also discussed the changes to the “Personal Protective Equipment” directive from OSHA. He said the directive has about 50 pages, and if anyone is interested, they should contact Bill for the website.

NWLCRA member Jerry Hart of Tri-State Coatings announced an upcoming class they are sponsoring covering air bag light and sensors, anti-lock brake lights and tire pressure monitor malfunctioning. This class will be taught by Don Hawkins of OTC Diagnostics. It is RSVP and seating is limited. Contact Tri-State Coatings at (318) 219-8667 or 888-325-3705 Toll Free. It will be held on March 30, 2011 at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino. For more information, see the NWLCRA Calendar.

Please visit www.nwlcra.org for more information.

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