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New HOS Rule Improved Truck, Highway Safety, Report Finds

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) threw its support behind hours-of-service (HOS) rules transportation regulators implemented in 2013, deeming the measures effective in their intended purpose to improve commercial trucking and highway safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) modified the HOS rules, which govern the amount of time commercial truck drivers can work and drive on a daily and weekly basis, in 2011, triggering an outcry from industry groups and several lawmakers who pushed to overturn them. The GAO reviewed the transportation agency’s 2014 study on the new rules and their impact on commercial trucking safety, and found ... Read More

Safety regulators propose tougher new standards for strollers

In a push to prevent further deaths and injuries to infants and young children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to establish a federal safety standard for strollers. If approved, the proposed rule would go in the Federal Register after it is opened to a 75-day public comment period. The CPSC says the proposed rule incorporates the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers, a current voluntary standard, with one modification that addresses the problem of scissoring, shearing, and pinching hazards associated with folding or foldable strollers. The CPSC based its determination for a new ... Read More

Safety regulators sharpen aim at tiny, powerful magnets sold as adult toys

Injuries resulting from the ingestion of tiny, highly charged magnets have compelled the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to unanimously vote on issuing new federal rules on the products. Although manufacturers have generally marketed the magnet sets to adults, the Commission warns that the products are attractive to children, who can receive potentially fatal internal injuries if they swallow them. According to the CPSC, approximately 1,700 patients were treated in emergency rooms between 2009 and 2011 for injuries caused by the small powerful magnets. Children between 4 and 12 years old accounted for 70 percent of the injuries, according ... Read More

DOT fines Chevron $423,600 for toxic pipeline leak near Salt Lake City

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed on Monday a $423,600 penalty against Chevron Pipe Line Company for contaminating the land and water near the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City with toxic crude oil. A federal investigation of Chevron’s June 2010 pipeline failure found that 800 barrels / 33,600 gallons of crude oil were released into the area around Red Butte Creek. The Chevron incident occurred while the world’s attention was fixated on BP’s epic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the Chevron spill paled in comparison ... Read More

NHTSA may soon require safety belts in all new motor coaches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring safety belts in all new passenger buses and large school buses. The lap and shoulder belts would be mandatory on all passenger seats and the driver’s seat as well. The proposal, which would amend the federal motor vehicle safety standard on occupant crash protection (FMVSS No. 208), is intended to prevent the ejection of bus occupants in a crash or rollover. If passed, the measure is expected to prevent nearly 800 injuries and save 8 lives annually. The proposal estimates the total cost of adding belts, changing the anchorages, and reinforcing ... Read More