Transportation Safety

Distracted driving in the United States and Europe

Take steps to be safe on the road. Start by practicing good driving habits. Don’t text and drive.
April 2, 2013

Have you ever read or sent a text message while driving and then had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting another car? Or have you missed an exit or turn because you were distracted by a phone call? It only takes seconds for a crash to happen.


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They achieved the impossible

Western Australian resources industry makes year without fatality
March 21, 2013
Resources companies in Western Australia have achieved what many have worked for but no-one really believed would happen.


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Distracted driving? There’s an app for that

U.S. drivers more distracted than Europeans
March 18, 2013

Every day in the U.S., 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 are injured in crashes that involve distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Using a cell phone, texting, and eating are all forms of distracted driving, but so are in-vehicle technologies such as navigation systems.


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Train accidents during maintenance work a growing concern

“A small oversight can have deadly consequences”
March 15, 2013

Recent railroad accidents caused by employees doing routine repair work killed one person and endangered dozens of passengers and workers, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has issued four recommendations intended to address the problem.


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Limits on truckers hours being fought in court

It’s safety advocates v. DOT in long-disputed issue
March 15, 2013

A new battle in the long legal war over truckers’ hours of service (HOS) is taking place in a federal appellate court in Washington, D.C. today. Nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is attempting to force the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to require what it calls “meaningful limits” on the hours truckers may drive – limits that Congress called for nearly 20 years ago, in an effort to improve transportation safety.


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Union Pacific retaliates against worker who reports injury

“World Class Employee Award” winner fired after 30 years of service
March 13, 2013

OSHA has ordered the Union Pacific Railroad Co., headquartered in Omaha, Neb., to immediately reinstate an employee who was terminated in violation of the Federal Railroad Safety Act for reporting a work-related injury. The company will pay more than $350,000 in back wages with interest, compensatory and punitive damages.


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Opposition builds to new TSA policy allowing knives on planes

Flight attendants: "We are last line of defense in aviation security"
March 12, 2013

A recent decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow small knives on passenger planes is drawing opposition from flight attendants, airlines and politicians as well as the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


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Pilot inattention one of safety issues being studied by NTSB

Board is considering five new aviation Safety Alerts
March 11, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet tomorrow to consider five Safety Alerts aimed at reducing the number of general aviation accidents. A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety issue and offers practical remedies to address the hazard.


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Blinded by the light

Coast Guard flights endangered when public targets planes with laser strikes
March 6, 2013
In 2012, more Coast Guard flights were interrupted by laser strikes, than at any other point in its 223-year history.


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NTSB: Fatigue remains a transportation danger

March 5, 2013

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is using National Sleep Awareness Week as an opportunity to remind the transportation industry of the importance of adequate sleep. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said fatigue is a serious safety issue across all modes of transportation.


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