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Trucking Industry Worries New Rule Could Raise Costs

The new, federal electronic logging device ELD mandate took effect this month. Some say it will reduce the number of miles trucks can travel per day, and older drivers say they would rather retire than adopt ELDs. Others say the rule will make shipping goods more expensive and complicated as the number of trucks available to hire will be lower. In November, the average cost to hire a big rig in the spot market soared 24 percent year-over-year, according to online freight marketplace DAT Solution...

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OSHA Rule Requiring Electronic Reporting of Injuries Goes into Effect

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration OSHA electronic injury and illness reporting rule took effect on Dec. 15, and it applies to businesses in many states with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. These industries include agriculture, utilities, construction, manufacturing, transp...

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DOT Surveying Truckers on Personal Vehicle Commute Times

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA plans to survey drivers about the time they spend commuting in their personal vehicles, seeking to determine how often truckers' commutes to their driving jobs exceed 2.5 hours. The agency also says it intends to study the ramifications of "excessive commuting on safety and driver fatigue" after the survey's completion. The FMCSA is waiting on approval from the White House's Office of Management and Budget OMB , and once approved, the agency ...

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A Second Look: Drive Pre-Trip Inspection

In the December 19, 2016 issue of the Workplace Safety & Risk Management newsletter , we featured the Bullets: Driver Pre-Trip Inspections. This looked at three specific Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that cover the inspection of equipment, emergency equipment and cargo. The following bullets are derived from FMCSR 392.7, Equipment, inspection and use, and 392.8, Emergency equipment, inspection and use, and 392.9, Inspection of cargo, cargo securement devices and systems. Before dr...

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Fuchs v Menard Inc., A Class Action Lawsuit

In last November's WSRM newsletter , we featured the case of Fuchs v Menard Inc., a class action lawsuit that challenged the use of nominal values by Menards and dismissed by an Illinois federal district court. We also provided our key takeaways as guidance for dealers when labeling or advertising dimensional lumber. Below we share enhanced key takeaways. These were featured in NLBMDA's Washington Regulatory Update webinar on December 7, 2017 . 1. You may use the nominal name for dimensional lum...

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