Transportation Safety

More flying hazmat violations come to light

In the most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) crackdown on companies who violate hazardous materials regulations, seven U.S. companies are facing heavy fines for failing to label their hazmat shipments – and to train their employees on how to safely ship hazmat and how to respond if something goes wrong with it.


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Traffic fatalities decline in 2013

Roadway deaths at an historic low

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data that shows a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous year and a nearly 25 percent decline in overall highway deaths since 2004.


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Metro-North employee gets largest-ever whistleblower settlement

Connecticut worker was fired, intimidated after being injured on the job

Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company's actions against an injured worker have resulted in the largest punitive damages ever in a retaliation case under the Federal Railroad Safety Act. A recent investigation by OSHA found that the worker, who was employed as a coach cleaner for the commuter rail carrier, was retaliated against after reporting the knee injury he suffered on Nov. 17, 2011.


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New mobile app helps tipsy people get a safe ride home

Just in time for the federal government’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday crackdown on drunk driving comes a new mobile app to help people who have been drinking get a safe ride home.


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Fighting fatigue

Paul Proudlock went to bed at midnight to calibrate his sleep for a freight train he was to drive at 2 p.m. the next day. At 2:15 a.m., a Canadian Pacific dispatcher called him and asked him to take a passenger train in three hours.


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How a trucker gets declared an imminent hazard

Fatal accident involved suspended license, speeding, cell phone use

Long-haul truck driver James H. Patterson has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.


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Flawed safety culture behind fatal Metro-North train accidents

Metro North Railroad comes in for some harsh criticism in a report issued this week by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about five accidents involving the company’s trains that occurred within less than a year.


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Situational awareness when driving:

Always know what’s going on behind you

Awareness of everything around you when you are driving is critical to safety. Using your eyes effectively to look well ahead is important but mirror use is also critical to stay aware of what's going on to the rear.


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NTSB wraps up on-scene portion of Virgin Galactic crash investigation

The pilot who survived the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Oct. 31, 2014, in Mojave, California was unaware that the feather braking system had been unlocked early by the copilot.


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Struck-by accident claims life of Mich. dairy worker

A Michigan man was killed at a dairy facility in Coopersville Saturday night by a truck driver who did not see him.


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By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

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