New hours of service (HOS) rules kicked in for motor carriers on Sept. 29, 2020. The HOS rules set the maximum time commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are allowed to be on duty, including driving. What’s changed? On June 1, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revised four provisions of the HOS rules. The […]
A federal transportation agency is proposing a pilot program allowing drivers who are 18 to 20 years old to operate commercial motor vehicles across state lines. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Sept. 4 it’s seeking public comments on the proposal. This proposed pilot program would “allow the agency to carefully examine the […]
Safety professionals know equipment inspections and maintenance are an important component to every safety program but, even when such precautions are consistent with industry guidance, things can still go wrong. For example, conducting more stringent inspections and doing more regular maintenance on electrical equipment within a Pennsylvania Turnpike roadway tunnel could have prevented a fatal […]
The Federal Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has identified thousands of positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers within its first two months of operation. Data collected through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s clearinghouse turned up almost 8,000 positive drug and alcohol tests in its more than 650,000 registrants since Jan. 6. […]
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths. More than 27,000 employees died in work-related motor vehicle crashes from 2003-2017, according to federal statistics. Where are drivers most at risk? Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) ranked all 50 states and Washington, DC, on passage of 16 highway/driving laws that have been […]
A video that shows how safety gear saved a worker’s life. A regulatory break from OSHA. The top causes of accidental death. And the “hash brown defense.” These are the stories that top Safety News Alert’s Year in Safety 2019.
An employee was involved in a truck crash while on his way from one assignment to another. The cause of the crash wasn’t determined. Did he get workers’ comp benefits for his injuries?
Firing an injured worker is often a sticky situation. Is the employee being fired for disregarding a safety rule or in retaliation for the injury? In this case, the employer showed the firing wasn’t retaliatory, according to a federal court.
A dairy bottling and distribution company in Battle Ground, Washington, faces $1,848,000 in fines for multiple willful violations after a worker’s hand was crushed.