Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

Truck on the Washington Highway

Truck drivers are overtired, overworked and underpaid (Prof. Michael Belzer – The Conversation) Research shows that economic pressure pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, contributing significantly to truck crashes. A 2010 survey by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that, on average, long-haul truck drivers work 50 percent more hours than typical workersand regularly violate U.S. regulations… Continue Reading Truck Drivers Are Overtired, Overworked and Underpaid

Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Press Release

Freight trucks along a highway from the perspective of a car driver behind them

Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing By Jill Dunn of CCJ Central Cal Transportation must pay a driver $16,723 after the Department of Labor concluded the carrier violated whistleblower protection by firing her for refusing an overweight load. A DOL administrative law judge ordered CCT to pay Bernadine Poulter $11,723 in back wages and interest, $5,000… Continue Reading Carrier ordered to pay driver $17k for refused load firing

FMCSA ELD Technology Problems

Asher TobinFreight, In The News, Packages

closeup of a motherboard

FMCSA Faces Problems with ELD Technology As Enforcement Starts Originally Posted on Trucks.com March 29, 2018 by Clarissa Hawes FMCSA admitted there are problems with the ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) technology that digitally tracks driving time. As regulators start enforcement of a rule that makes truckers use digital driving time trackers in their tractors, the agency in charge of the regulation conceded… Continue Reading FMCSA ELD Technology Problems

FMCSA outlines return-to-duty status for ELD out-of-service violations

Asher TobinFreight, Press Release

Freight trucks along a highway from the perspective of a car driver behind them

(CCJ) Enforcers will begin issuing out-of-service orders on April 1 to drivers who are found in violation of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate. And in a media update this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration briefly detailed what the out-of-service and return-to-duty status procedures will be once hard enforcement of the mandate begins. Truckers were required to… Continue Reading FMCSA outlines return-to-duty status for ELD out-of-service violations

The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2018 Safety Stand-Down May 7 to 11, 2018

Asher TobinBuilding and Construction, Freight, In The News, Mining

National Safety Stand-Down Logo - Construction Worker On Roof Wearing Fall Protection

(NIOSH Construction) Join the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and get ready for the 2018 Stand-Down for Safety! Register for a free webinar on March 21st to help you and your workers prepare at CPWR. (OSHA) Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue… Continue Reading The National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction: Getting Ready for the 2018 Safety Stand-Down May 7 to 11, 2018

Wildfires

Asher TobinFreight, Press Release, Public Services, Safety Fact Sheets, Solid Waste Recycling

A massive plume of smoke over mountains in California

Response/Recovery In the aftermath of a wildfire, workers may be involved in a variety of response and recovery operations. Some operations, such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment and experience. What to do during a Wildfire In the event that there… Continue Reading Wildfires

Perspective: I was a truck driver, and I don’t trust self-driving semis yet

Asher TobinFreight, In The News

A rendering of the inside of a truck's cab with no driver in the seat. Computer monitors are on both sides of the steering wheel.

(Tampa Bay Times – Mark Puente) With a bright moon lighting the hilly interstate, rock music vibrated the big rig I drove from Cleveland to Charlotte that Sunday evening. No other vehicles were around as I rolled toward West Virginia on Interstate 77. Then an explosion shook the cab. For a split second, I didn’t know the source. The front… Continue Reading Perspective: I was a truck driver, and I don’t trust self-driving semis yet

(NPR) FMCSA Truck Safety Rules

Asher TobinFreight, In The News

Early-morning traffic backs up on Interstate 5 during a Jan. 11 snowstorm in Portland, Ore. Truck drivers say such conditions, combined with limitations on their working hours, cost them a lot of money because of their mileage-based pay.

White House Pushes New Truck Safety Regulation While Loosening Obama-Era Rules (NPR – David Schaper) Under the Obama administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulators were drafting a rule to mandate that drivers be screened and treated for sleep apnea, but in August the Trump administration abruptly reversed course. The sleep apnea rule is not the only safety regulation halted… Continue Reading (NPR) FMCSA Truck Safety Rules

Are you confused about driver paper logs and ELD use which is required on and after 12/18/17?

Asher TobinFreight, In The News

A red commercial truck driving so fast that the image is blurred

Are you confused about the driver paper logs and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) use requirements on and after 12/18/17? Then we have an update on the ELD Regulation for you! (Check out our more recent post) Please note the regulations have not changed for short-haul (100 air-mile radius) operations as long as the drivers meet the criteria as listed in Section… Continue Reading Are you confused about driver paper logs and ELD use which is required on and after 12/18/17?