Thomas J. Bukowski

Former associate editor

ARTICLES

Safety culture in transportation

Two-day forum brings together regulators, industry and academia
Can safety culture be regulated? The National Transportation Safety Board recently hosted a forum to discuss what – if any – role the government can play in influencing a positive safety culture in the transportation industry.
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A matter of time

New limits in effect on truck driver hours of service
After a prolonged legal battle, new limits on truck driver hours of service are now in effect. But some industry stakeholders, labor unions and transportation safety advocates continue to disagree on whether the new regulations will increase driver safety and health and how the trucking industry will be affected.
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Obstructing safety?

Concerned about the effects of obstructive sleep apnea among truck drivers, transportation officials may adjust guidelines to increase screenings for the disorder
To help truck drivers be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of their jobs, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandates a minimum number of hours drivers must sleep on days they drive. What these regulations cannot take into account, however, is whether drivers who have a sleeping disorder have actually achieved restful sleep before getting behind the wheel.
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DISASTER RECOVERY

After the storm

Using PPE to help protect cleanup and restoration workers
Personal protective equipment may be the best – or only – way to help protect cleanup workers against floodwater-related hazards.
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Training not required?

FMCSA must establish minimum training requirements for entry-level truck drivers by October
Considering the skills necessary to handle a large truck – which is 20-30 times heavier than a passenger car – why are entry-level commercial truck drivers not required to go through formal training before being licensed?
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Weighing down safety

Small workplace changes can make a big difference in combating worker obesity
Obese and severely obese workers tend to have more frequent and costlier injuries than normal-weight workers, but part of the responsibility rests on U.S. workplaces. S+H explores simple, inexpensive workplace changes companies can make to encourage workers to maintain a healthier weight.
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Danger from all directions

Education, awareness can help prevent work zone fatalities
Roadway work zones feature both unique hazards and those typical to building construction sites. What can work zone planners do to help reduce injuries and fatalities within a work zone – as well as keep hazards out?
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‘Appreciate the danger’ of eye injuries

Encouraging worker PPE compliance
Organizations are required to provide workers with proper eye protection to reduce the risk of injury to the eye – a body part that is more likely to suffer permanent damage than other body parts. However, this does not necessarily mean workers will choose to wear eye protection. What can employers do to ensure workers use provided eye protection?
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