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Lockout/Tagout Inconsistencies

Lockout/Tagout Inconsistencies

One of the most common Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations involves the lockout/tagout standard. Lockout/tagout is a safety procedure that ensures dangerous machinery and energy sources are fully turned off before maintenance or service. OSHA has very specific lockout/tagout requirements to protect the safety of all workers. Failure to adhere to these standards can result in severe injuries.

This year, lockout/tagout citations were identified by OSHA as one of the top 10 violations. The most common safety issues involved failure to develop and use appropriate lockout/tagout procedures, inspection problems, employee training shortcomings, and lack of or improper notifications regarding the use and removal of lockout/tagout devices.

Employers need to develop good lockout/tagout procedures specific to which machines are in use on-the-job. These procedures should detail all the steps one needs to shut down machinery, blocking and securing equipment, and properly removing lockout/tagout devices. Lockout/tagout procedures should be written down and distributed to all employees working with the specific machine at issue.

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First Settlement in New Jersey Transit Commuter Train Crash

First Settlement in New Jersey Transit Commuter Train Crash

One and a half years after a New Jersey Transit train crashed into Hoboken Terminal, the first lawsuit has been settled. The passenger was traveling from her home in Pearl River, New York to her job at Pace University on September 29, 2016 when the train she was riding in accelerated as it entered the station.

The train, which was traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit, crashed into Hoboken Terminal, killing one woman and injuring more than 100 people. The passenger settled her case last month for $475,000 before it went to trial. The injured passenger sued both NJ Transit and the Metro North commuter railroad, ultimately settling with Metro North, which manages the section of rail service in New York state where she boarded the train.

At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was seated in the back of the second car. The train failed to stop as it approached Hoboken Terminal,

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Outdated Safety Regulations Threaten Autonomous Vehicles

Outdated Safety Regulations Threaten Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality on American roads. Many people are optimistic about this change, hoping that it will make the roads safer for everyone by eliminating dangers associated with distracted driving, drunk driving, and driver error.

However, the speed with which the technology is developing is outpacing the speed at which our laws can adapt to address these changes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of current federal auto regulations are potentially hindering the advance of autonomous vehicle technologies.

One way that the federal government could begin to bring its regulations up to speed is through a single standard adoption proposal in the House and Senate’s self-driving car bills. Whenever a technical standard that is incorporated into auto safety regulations is revised, the Department of Transportation (DOT) could either adopt the new standard by amending all relevant regulations to fit,

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