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This article will summarize a study of higher cost injuries for the trucking industry. The activities the workers were engaged in when they were injured will be summarized and action plans for behavioral observations and related control plans will be discussed using examples from large and mid-sized trucking companies.
It's summer - kids in the streets. It's autumn - school zones, buses and deer. It's winter - holiday drinkers and snow. It's spring - rain and increased traffic. All seasons present hazards that are challenging and dangerous. This article addresses these hazards and provides important information that will help drivers stay safe.
The traditional U.S. workweek is 40 hours. But some truck drivers work nearly twice that amount each week – with a 34-hour “weekend” – behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle. The length and timing of a truck driver’s workweek is at the heart of the debate over the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s latest changes to its hours-of-service regulations for propertycarrying commercial motor vehicle operators.
A forum examined major transportation incidents and found that they share a primary contributor: an ineffective safety culture at the companies responsible, according to investigators at a National Transportation Safety Board forum that took place Sept. 10-11.
Investigators stated that in each incident, workers had been made aware of safety hazards or processes months or years before disaster struck. These hazards or processes included malfunctioning train control systems, five-yearold corrosion on a crucial segment of pipeline and evidence of unsafe wing design on the experimental aircraft.
If you work for an agricultural business, you may wonder what value driving safety adds to your operations. “Farmers have been driving forever and know what they are doing” and “There are no driving risks on farms” are just a few of the statements I have heard through the years. However, this popular misconception is widespread and needs to be addressed.
Distracted driving is much more than just texting and talking on the phone. These days, people are doing more things in their vehicles that take their eyes off the road. Lately, texting while driving has received the most attention, but I have seen drivers do even more dangerous things, such as work on a crossword puzzle while in slow-moving traffic. This article highlights the distractions not related to cell phone use that can cause a driver to a near-miss or collision.
Distraction.gov defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger and bystander safety.”
The Health Hazard Evaluation Program received a request from the owners of an aircraft repair and flight school facility. The owners submitted the request because of concerns about lead exposure. The single-engine aircrafts use leaded aviation fuel, which generates lead-containing dust as a combustion byproduct.
Experts say the majority of the country’s heliports—most of which are run by hospitals—are beset by a range of safety issues. But the latest edition of NFPA 418, Heliports, can help change that.
To improve worker protection, OSHA is proposing two new crystalline silica standards: one for general industry and maritime, and the other for construction. The proposals are based on extensive review of scientific evidence, current industry consensus standards, and OSHA’s outreach, including stakeholder meetings, conferences, and meetings with employer and employee organizations.
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