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Spotlight on Goodyear tires as possible cause of Kentucky school bus crash

LOUISVILLE, KY. — The company–owner of a school bus that spun out of control and crashed on a Louisville highway June 11 took legal action against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. this month to get its tires back from the manufacturer, which had been performing tests on them. According to the Courier-Journal, Commonwealth Bus Service filed a motion Oct. 10 asking a judge to force Goodyear to give the tires back. Commonwealth believes the tires could help investigators understand what caused the bus crash, which injured 32 of the 42 people on board, most of them Waggener High School students ... Read More

Pontchartrain bridge officials mull safety improvements after another truck crashes into lake

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Lake Pontchartrain Causeway officials told New Orleans’ WVUE that the bridge’s southbound lanes need to undergo safety improvements to prevent more trucks and other vehicles from plunging into the lake, a tragically common problem on the 60-year old span. Three vehicles have careened off the side of the Pontchartrain Causeway this year alone, and all of those accidents occurred on the southbound side. The most recent accident occurred on Monday afternoon when a truck driven by a 19-year-old man jumped the low guardrails and crashed into the lake. Authorities are still searching for the man’s body. ... Read More

Private buses bound to few safety rules and standards

Passengers who use privately owned buses, such as those owned and operated by churches, should know that the vehicles are not bound to the same federal and state safety requirements that commercial and school buses must meet. The problem of allowing buses that don’t fall under the same strict oversight to transport passengers was underscored recently by the crash of a church-owned bus that sped off an Indiana interstate and crashed July 27, killing three adults and an unborn child. Dozens of other passengers were injured in the crash, some critically. The bus, owned and operated by Colonial Hill Baptist ... Read More

Authorities investigating deadly Indiana church bus crash face regulatory shortfalls

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Investigators say that it may take a few more days to determine what caused the driver of a church bus to lose control of the vehicle and crash as he exited the highway. The July 26 crash killed three people and an unborn child and injured 26 others, some critically. The bus, owned and operated by Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Indianapolis, was carrying 37 passengers, mostly church teens who were returning home from a teen church camp in Michigan. The driver, Dennis Maurer, 66, who was employed by the church to drive the bus, careened down ... Read More

Panama City Beach parasailing crash triggers safety regulation debates

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. –Two Indiana teenage girls parasailing in Panama City Beach were critically injured Monday when the line that tethered them to the boat snapped, sending them crashing into the side of a high-rise condominium building. The incident, caught on video, has re-ignited a statewide debate on parasailing safety and whether the industry should remain self-regulated. Sidney Renea Good, 17, of Roanoake, Ind., and Alexis Fairchild, 17, of Huntington, Ind., were parasailing with Aquatic Adventures Monday when the towing line broke and high winds carried them overland. Video shows the girls slamming into one building before hurling into ... Read More

Houston company fined more than $1 million for endangering workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Houston, Texas, manufacturer of pipe supports, expansion joints, and other heavy industrial equipment with 13 willful and 17 serious violations for exposing its workers to amputation hazards and other serious injuries from dangerous machinery, in addition to several other safety breaches that leave the workers vulnerable to serious injury and death. Proposed fines for the violations amount to more than $1 million. According to OSHA, a worker at Piping Technology & Products Inc. contacted the agency complaining of an alleged lack of brakes on overhead cranes and unguarded presses at ... Read More

NYC construction deaths plunge thanks to better regulations, enforcement, awareness

New York City construction-related accidents fell by 28 percent in 2010 over the previous year, the city’s Buildings Commissioner announced. The Department of Buildings says the dramatic improvement can be attributed to increased enforcement, 25 new safety regulations, and a greater outreach to members of the construction industry. The figure is based on 157 construction accidents reported in 2010, including 4 fatal accidents. All four of the construction workers killed last year died as a result of inadequate fall protections on the job site. Despite the safety deficiencies in those company worksites, fatal on-the-job construction accidents nevertheless decreased 78 percent ... Read More

New Compliance Safety Accountability model goes nationwide

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week announced it had taken a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program nationwide. FMCSA first launched a field test of CSA in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey in February 2008. Last year, the agency added Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Montana to the test group. The program was then modified according to testing results and feedback provided by industry partners. The goal of the CSA (or CSA 2010 as it is commonly called) operational model is to reduce commercial ... Read More

FAA let Northwest Airlines ignore safety rules, government report finds

Federal regulatory agencies have come under fire recently for their “cozy relationships” with large corporations; the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the now-defunct Minerals Management Service have all been targeted for reform by the Obama Administration for their failure to enforce safety rules and regulations. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is being investigated for turning a blind eye on Northwest Airlines while it ignored federal safety regulations for more than a decade. According to a new report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office, the allegations were first made by Mark Lund, an FAA ... Read More