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Fleet safety: Seat belts and pedal confusion--2 fleet hazards with easy fixes
August 2015
According to early estimates released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in June 2015, 2014 saw 32,675 deaths in motor vehicle traffic crashes. The bit of good news is that the number of vehicle deaths is down very slightly compared with 2013, when 32,719 people died on American roads. . . . more »
Appeals Board decisions: Is an ATV an 'industrial tractor'? Does it need a ROPS?
May 2015
Southern California contractor HHS Construction specializes in removing and replacing fiber optic telephone cable. On August 9, 2011, HHS had a crew in San Diego pulling cable between four utility poles in a hilly location. . . . more »
NIOSH publishes sleep tips for truck drivers
November 2014
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a new resource that provides truck drivers with tips for improving sleep quality to boost their health and reduce th . . . more »
Standards update: Title 8 revisions take effect July 1
July 2014
The state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) has finalized changes that are effective July 1 for Cal/OSHA standards in five areas: hand protection, digger derricks, powered industrial trucks, compaction equipment, and crane hand signals. . . . more »
NIOSH study examines long-haul trucker health
March 2014
A new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that U.S. long-haul truck drivers were twice as likely to be obese compared t . . . more »
Injuries and illnesses: Transportation accidents, workplace violence top causes of fatal injuries; Is your industry at risk?
January 2012
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has released its preliminary Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data for 2011, a year in which 360 California workers died on the job, a 10 percent increase from 2010. . . . more »
DOT sting operation targets unsafe drivers
November 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that 287 commercial bus and truck drivers were removed from the roads during a spring 201 . . . more »
Featured resource: Drive home road safety with this checklist
October 2012
The first full week of October is Drive Safely Work Week, a nationwide observance sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), and this year's theme is "Back to Basics." . . . more »
Fleet Safety: Handheld Cell Phone Prohibition for Truckers Takes Effect; Hours-of-Service Restrictions Unchanged
March 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized some critical and wide-reaching regulations for commercial drivers. Under the new rules, truckers can continue to drive 11 hours a day but cannot use handheld cell phones when driving behind the wheel. . . . more »
California bans use of personal electronic devices by transit drivers
December 2011
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted a first-of-its-kind regulation prohibiting the use of wireless or portable personal electronic devices—such as cell phones—by r . . . more »
Featured Resource: 6 Essential Safe-Driving Behaviors
November 2011
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published an analysis of driver, vehicle, and traffic-control safety measures that significantly reduce traffic deaths. Fleet safety managers and others can use the analysis to promote safe-driver behaviors with a high probability of reducing crash risk and severity and of saving lives. . . . more »
Trainer's Handbook: Protect Workers in the 'Cone Zone' with Well-Trained Flaggers
October 2011
Four Caltrans workers have died along California's highways in 2011--including 51-year-old Barry Robert Steele, who was struck and killed in July while working along Highway 91 in Riverside. . . . more »
Online Exclusive: Safety Checklist for Motor Vehicle Operators
COCA Online Exclusive August 2011
Cars, light trucks, minivans, and SUVs are so much a part of our daily lives that we sometimes forget or just ignore that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. You can use the safety checklist below, adapted from one created by the Texas Department of Insurance, as a regular inspection checklist for workers who drive these vehicles on the job. . . . more »
Distracted Driving: Federal Agency Proposes New Rules to Prevent Work-Related Distracted Driving
July 2011
The operator of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line train 3612 pulled out his phone just as he was approaching Government Center station in Boston. At about 7 p.m., he began punching in a text message to his girlfriend. Twelve seconds later, his train crashed into a stopped train without slowing, derailing one car from each train, sending 68 people to the hospital with injuries, and causing nearly $10 million dollars in damage. . . . more »
Fleet Safety: Deadly Trucking Accident Spurs NTSB Recommendations for Fatigue Management and Vehicle Safety
February 2011
Traffic was at a standstill in the eastbound lanes of the Will Rogers Turnpike just outside Miami, Oklahoma, on June 26, 2009; a minor accident had blocked the road. Truck driver Donald Creed, 76, was approaching the stopped traffic in his 18-wheeler, with his cruise control set at 69 miles per hour in the 75 mile-per-hour zone. What happened next has led the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to issue new recommendations on fatigue management for commercial motor carrier drivers. . . . more »
FMCSA bans texting while driving
November 2010
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule that prohibits texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce and imposes sanctions--in . . . more »
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