March 2016 Archives

Results from first year of severe injury reporting

Companies in North Carolina and around the company started being required to report severe work-related injuries within 24 hours to the U.S. Department of Labor in January 2015. There were 10,388 reports filed in that year, which is equal to about 30 severe work injuries a day. The new reporting requirements exist to help employers become aware of potential hazards that can be resolved. Additionally, this lets safety organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration target the areas where the most workers are injured.

FMCSA proposes new rules for commercial drivers

Road users in North Carolina rely on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure that bus and semi-tractor trailer drivers are qualified and properly trained. Large commercial vehicles handle very differently from passenger cars and light trucks, and becoming familiar with their controls and behavior is an important part of driver training. Current federal commercial driver's license rules have been criticized in some quarters because trainee drivers do not spend significant amounts of time behind the wheel in real-world driving situations, but changes to the regulations proposed by the FMCSA in early March would add this requirement.

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