Transportation Safety

FAA finalizes safety policy for aircraft crew members

OSHA will enforce hazardous chemical, bloodborne pathogen exposures
September 4, 2013

The FAA and OSHA have issued a final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers. While the FAA's aviation safety regulations take precedence, OSHA will be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.


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Railroad company retaliated against workers who reported injuries

OSHA: Canadian National Railway a repeat offender
September 4, 2013

A train conductor who was fired for reporting his injury at the end of his shift – instead of at the moment it occurred – will be reinstated and will receive back wages damages, under an OSHA order to his employer. Another employee who was suspended for a similar reason will receive damages as well.


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Trucking HOS regulation survives legal challenge

Limiting drive time meant to limit driver fatigue, make roads safer
August 23, 2013

The American Trucking Association (ATA) lost its bid to have U.S. Transportation Department hours-of-service (HOS) regulations overturned by the Court of Appeals in Washington earlier this month. A three-judge panel most of the arguments made by the ATA as “highly technical points best left to the agency.”


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Memorial wall highlights work zone danger

Names of fatalities a reminder of the human cost of dangerous driving
August 20, 2013

As it has since 2002, the Illinois State Fair this year hosted a somber reminder of a transportation hazard: a wall memorializing the names of those killed in highway work zones.


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Fla. bus company put out of business by feds

Multiple safety violations found
August 15, 2013

A bus company that stranded 50 passengers along a N.C. freeway and kept them waiting 10 hours for a replacement coach has been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


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NTSB on nose-down landing in NYC: No malfunctions found

Captain had 7,900 flight hours in 737s
August 15, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) ongoing investigation into the July 22nd Southwest Airlines accident at New York’s LaGuardia Airport has not yet identified a definite cause of the incident, but it has yielded considerable information about the crew, conditions and flight.


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Pilot, co-pilot die in UPS plane crash in Ala.

NTSB investigators en route
August 14, 2013

A UPS pilot and co-pilot were killed early this morning when their cargo plane crashed and exploded near an airport in Birmingham, Alabama. News sources say Flight 1354 United Parcel Service Airbus A300 crashed at approximately 6 a.m., erupting in two fiery explosions and forcing the evacuation of residents living within a half-mile radius.


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FAA proposes regulations to improve safety of aircraft, reduce certification costs

Goal: to make it cheaper and easier to incorporate safety improvements
August 2, 2013

An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), convened by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has recommended a broad range of policy and regulatory changes that it believes could significantly improve the safety of general aviation aircraft while simultaneously reducing certification and modification costs for those aircraft.


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NTSB to focus on safety culture in transportation

Building cultures to prevent accidents
July 29, 2013

Are you in the transportation industry and not satisfied with your company’s safety culture? The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a forum to address that very topic on September 10 and 11 in Washington D.C.


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Lack of sleep a major cause of fatal NJ school bus-truck crash

Speeding, defective brakes also played a role
July 26, 2013

A school bus driver’s failure to observe a truck as it was approaching the intersection caused a 2012 collision in New Jersey that killed one student and injured fifteen more students and the driver, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


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