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OSHA orders fleet owner to rehire employee fired after replacing bad tire

Posted on 08/12/2014 (6 months, 3 weeks, 4 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Molly Young, Reporter On Aug 12, 2014

Federal workplace safety regulators have ordered a Gresham, Ore. truck driver to rehire an employee who refused to drive a truck with bad tires.

An investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed the woman was fired eight days after she replaced a tire before going out on the road in 2011. The driver later filed a whistleblower complaint, prompting Monday's order.

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The MassDOT Highway Division issues new Engineering Directive

Posted on 07/14/2014 (7 months, 3 weeks, 2 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The MassDOT Highway Division issued a new Engineering Directive dated 7/11/14. This directive formally issues a new version of the Construction Standard Details for use on all projects advertised after July 31, 2014.

The Engineering Directive and the new Construction Standard Details are available on the MassDOT website:

· E-14-003 – June 2014 Construction Standard Details
· June 2014 Construction Standard Details

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“Safe Streets. Smart Trips” Video Contest Announced

Posted on 07/08/2014 (7 months, 4 weeks, 1 day ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

MassDOT has announced a statewide high school video contest to promote Safe Streets. Smart Trips., an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey announced the multiagency and multidisciplinary efforts within the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, a portion of the SHSP, at an event at Somerville High School.

“While traffic fatalities and injuries have been trending downward in Massachusetts over the past few years, pedestrian and bicycle-related crashes aren’t following,” stated MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “We aim to raise awareness across the Commonwealth about the importance of safe bicycling, pedestrian, and driver behaviors and practices. Our young people, perhaps getting their licenses for the first time or riding their bikes to school, are a critical segment of our traveling public.

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Succeeding As A Foreman I Workshops Scheduled for August

Posted on 05/29/2014 (9 months, 1 week, 1 day ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The Succeeding as a Foreman I workshop covers the major elements of a foreman’s responsibilities in working with a crew, and is designed to enhance participants’ professionalism and confidence. Discussions will focus on various supervisory tasks as well as the communication and interpersonal skills required for success on the job.

The workshop is open to all foremen or supervisors who are responsible for the day-to-day management of field operations for their cities and towns. Whether you are a veteran foreman or someone who hopes to achieve that position in the future, you will benefit from this workshop.

For dates and locations and to register for a workshop, please click on the "Workshops" link at the top of this page.

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Every Day Counts Webinar on High Friction Surface Treatments Scheduled for June 26

Posted on 05/09/2014 (9 months, 4 weeks ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Horizontal curves made up only 5 percent of our Nation’s highway miles in 2008. Yet, more than 25 percent of highway fatalities in the United States occur at or near horizontal curves each year. Some of the factors contributing to these crashes include excessive vehicle speed, distracted driving, driver error, and the deterioration of pavement surface friction.

As part of the safety focus area of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST). HFST are the site-specific application of high-quality, durable aggregates using a polymer binder that restores and maintains pavement friction where the need for a safer pavement surface is the greatest. Transportation agencies that apply HFST to spot treat their problem locations can reduce a high percentage of the Roadway Departure crashes and wet crashes on their roadways.

This EDC Exchange will present information on HFST and how this technology can help you to improve sa

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