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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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Lasers force Coast Guard heli pilots to abort missions

In two recent incidents in Michigan, a person or persons on the ground pointed green lasers at Coast Guard helicopters, endangering the flights and forcing crews to return immediately to base.


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Alaska state trooper helicopter crash caused by bad weather, department’s “punitive culture”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the March 30, 2013 crash of an Alaska Department of Public Safety helicopter was caused by the pilot’s decision to continue flying into deteriorating weather conditions as well as the department’s “punitive culture and inadequate safety management.”


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FAA revises icing standards for new transport airplanes

Goal: To fly safely in icing conditions

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a final rule that broadens the coverage of its icing certification standards. The updated standards require U.S. manufacturers to show that transport airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that constitute the icing environment known as “supercooled large drops” (SLD).


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NTSB: Safety (mis)management behind five Metro-North Accidents

Six fatalities, 126 injuries within 11-month period

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says it identified several recurring safety issues in its investigation of recent five Metro-North accidents. Among them: inadequate and ineffective track inspection and maintenance, extensive deferred maintenance issues, inadequate safety oversight, and deficiencies in passenger car crashworthiness, roadway worker protection procedures and organizational safety culture.


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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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