Transportation Safety

Limits on truckers hours being fought in court

It’s safety advocates v. DOT in long-disputed issue
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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
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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"
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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
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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
By Dave Johnson
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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

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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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Crew error caused 2010 CN freight train collision in Minnesota

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Human error made by workers caused a 2012 collision of two Canadian National Railway freight trains in Minnesota that injured all five crewmembers on the two trains, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


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Older motorcycle enthusiasts suffer more crash injuries

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Baby boomers are getting hurt more often and injured more severely in motorcycle accidents than younger riders, according to a study published in Injury Prevention. Researchers examined the differences in motorcycle-related injuries across age groups by checking data from hospital emergency rooms.


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NTSB, Coast Guard looking into cruise ship fire

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No surprise- the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), along with the U.S. Coast Guard, will investigate the cause of an engine room fire that occurred onboard the Carnival Triumph Sunday.


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Top 5 causes of car accidents in America

By Michael Pines
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When you get behind the wheel, you run an inherent risk of getting into a car accident even if you’re a responsible driver. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of getting into a car accident are about 1 in 6,100.


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