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April 2014 Archives

NTSB to NHTSA: Open your eyes to tractor-trailer safety issues p3

We are continuing our discussion from our last post about the National Transportation Safety Board's report on tractor-trailer safety. The board suggests that the current standards should be updated to take new technology and recent research into consideration. The report was sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in early April and asked that the agency respond within 90 days. That response should include details of how the NTSB's concerns are being addressed or will be addressed in the future.

NTSB to NHTSA: Open your eyes to dangers of blind spots in semis p2

Investigators continue to look for clues as they try to understand why a FedEx truck crossed the median on a California highway and slammed head-on into a tour bus. This is the kind of tragedy the National Transportation Safety Board investigates. When the board has completed its work, it will issue a final report; if warranted, it will also issue safety recommendations for the trucking industry or any other stakeholders.

NTSB to NHTSA: Open your eyes to dangers of blind spots in semis

For a while now, the National Transportation Safety Board has been looking at ways to make tractor-trailers safer for their drivers and for the vehicles they share the road with. The NTSB, however, is chiefly an independent investigative body; the board can only make recommendations. The formal adoption and enforcement of safety standards falls to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

'Scaffold Law' study may push New York lawmakers toward reform p3

Every year, it seems, lawmakers in Albany try to get New York's "Scaffold Law" off the books. Supporters of the law say its strict liability rule has kept property owners and the construction industry in line: The threat of being held responsible for a worker's on-the-job injuries has been a powerful incentive for the industry not to take shortcuts, not to cut corners where safety is concerned.

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