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Electronic onboard recorders present new, unforeseen problems

The federal rule requiring electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), devices designed to simplify hours of service (HOS) record-keeping for commercial trucks, has created a new set of problems that Truckinginfo.com describes as “complex and messy.” Just the simple exchange of EOBR data from truck driver to law enforcement officials, for instance, is a lot more complicated than regulators must have imagined. According to Truckinginfo.com, police officers don’t want to enter the cab to look at or retrieve EOBR data because not only would be unsafe for them, truck drivers, they say, would find it intrusive and even harassing. Printing the EOBR ... Read More

Outdoor concert safety concerns rise after Indiana stage collapse

Outdoor concerts have exploded in size and popularity over the last 20 years, creating a swiftly burgeoning multi-billion-dollar industry with almost no safety standards and regulations, according to an article in the Associated Press. What once were relatively small stage-and-canvas-roof shows with a few multicolored lights have evolved into monumental productions incorporating tons of lighting, video, sound, and special effects equipment that are hauled around in semi-trucks and set up in break-neck speed. Millions of dollars are usually at stake in these shows, leaving organizers averse to canceling performances because of bad weather until the very last second. According to ... Read More

21 safety violations leave Alabama manufacturer facing steep penalties

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Sunbelt Fabricators Inc. in Steele, Alabama, for 21 safety violations after inspecting the company’s plant in February as part of an agency program that targets for inspection workplaces with the highest rate of injuries and illnesses. Proposed penalties for the violations total $44,600. Sunbelt Fabricators, which manufacture industrial blowers and fans, was cited for 16 serious violations that posed a significant risk of injury and death to plant workers, including lack of machine guards on drills and a 400-ton press, a lack of machine guards on a radial saw, improper ... Read More

Ground turkey is the likely cause of salmonella outbreak, CDC says

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has caused one death and at least 76 illnesses in the United States is likely linked to eating ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday. Federal officials continue to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella-Heidelberg, which has been reported in 26 states. Ohio and Michigan have the highest concentration of infections so far, with 10 cases each, followed by Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, which accounted for an additional 20 cases. According to the CDC, 49 percent of the ill persons with available information have reported eating ground turkey in recent ... Read More

Mississippi manufacturer slapped with heavy fines after worker death

ELLISVILLE, Miss. – Federal inspectors cited Howard Industries Inc. for 17 safety violations following the January death of an employee who was electrocuted while working on equipment used for testing electrical transformers. The Mississippi company develops, designs, and manufactures power transformers and employs about 170 people. In addition to its two Ellisville plants, Howard Industries has two additional plants in Mississippi and one in West Virginia. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors found two serious violations at the manufacturing facility that they believe contributed to the worker’s death. One violation concerned the company’s failure to have employees abide by ... Read More

Houston Metro investigating cause of fatal bus crash

A Houston Metro bus driver died Thursday morning after suddenly losing control of a city bus he was driving on Texas 288 in South Houston. Authorities said David Sayers, a 40-year-old father of two girls, died at the scene of the crash. Sayer’s death was the municipal bus agency’s first driver fatality in at least 20 years. No other injuries were reported. A preliminary investigation found that Sayers was driving a soon-to-be-retired articulated bus – a longer style of bus that has an accordion-like fold in the center – southbound on 288. Around 8:30 am, Sayers struck a dump truck ... Read More

Fatal trench collapse amounts to steep fines for Dothan company

DOTHAN, Ala. – A southeast Alabama construction company specializing in laying sewer lines was cited for numerous safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a cave-in last September at an excavation site in Enterprise, Ala. One employee died and another was hospitalized in the incident after wet, heavy soil collapsed into a deep trench while the men were laying sewer pipe. “An unprotected trench can become a grave in seconds if its walls cave in on workers,” said Kurt Petermeyer, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “In this case, the soil was saturated with water, and the company ... Read More

Improper driver training, safety violations result in fatal NJ crash

The death of a 42-year-old mother on a New Jersey highway in 2008 and the sentencing of a commercial truck driver with no previous record demonstrate the enormous responsibility that falls on the shoulders of commercial truckers every time they pick up a load and the consequences of not measuring and properly securing cargo. On the early morning of November 18, Michelle Lamaze of Whitehall Township, New Jersey, was driving to work when she collided with a cargo container that became dislodged from a tractor trailer driven by 31-year-old driver Robert Kostadinov of Illinois. The top of Kostadinov’s cargo container, ... Read More

Grisly paper mill death leads to $288,000 penalty for paper company

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited APC Paper Co. Inc. with numerous safety violations following the grisly death of an employee at the company’s Claremont, N.H. paper mill. The citations included three willful, one serious, and seven repeat safety violations carrying a total of $288,000 in proposed fines. The July 26, 2010 incident occurred while the worker was hand-feeding feeding paper into a large industrial roller. The paper mill lacked a safe method of feeding paper through the rollers, relying on workers to direct the paper through the machine with their hands. The plant also failed to ... Read More

FMCSA closes busing company over serious safety violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a Pennsylvania-based commercial busing company to cease its operations entirely over serious violations uncovered by a comprehensive safety compliance review. Authorities found RLT Tours of Lake Pond, Pennsylvania, in violation of multiple safety regulations, including hours-of-service requirements, mandatory insurance requirements, vehicle maintenance standards, and compliance with drug and alcohol testing. While the vast majority of bus charter companies takes safety seriously, every now and then inspections turn up a company that operates with little regard for the law and the safety of its passengers, its drivers, and other motorists. Too often, ... Read More